AIR­BUS A320­NEO WITH CFM LEAP-1A EN­GINE CER­TI­FIED

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The Air­bus A320­neo pow­ered by the CFM LEAP-1A has re­ceived joint cer­ti­fi­ca­tion from the Euro­pean Avi­a­tion Safety Agency (EASA) and the US Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FAA). This paves the way for de­liv­er­ies to those air­lines which opted for the CFM en­gine. Air­bus also of­fers the neo with the Pratt & Whit­ney PW1127G Geared Turbo Fan en­gine, which was cer­ti­fied in Novem­ber 2015. The launch cus­tomer Ger­many’s Lufthansa was de­liv­ered its GTF equipped A320­neo on Jan­uary 20 this year. CFM is a joint ven­ture be­tween Snecma of France and the US GE Avi­a­tion. Its CFM56 en­gines which just crossed a record 800 mil­lion flight hours, power the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion A320ceo and Boe­ing 737NG fam­i­lies.

The largest buyer of the CFM pow­ered A320­neo is Malaysian low-cost car­rier AirAsia which can ex­pect de­liv­er­ies very soon. It is un­clear whether the Tony Fer­nan­des pro­moted air­line’s In­dian joint-ven­ture, AirAsia In­dia will re­ceive any of the new air­craft soon. Its com­peti­tors IndiGo and GoAir have al­ready taken de­liv­ery of four and one A320­neo re­spec­tively, and will re­ceive many more through the com­ing year.

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