CFM commences A320neo LEAP-1A engine certification with test run

by BA Staff

In a major milestone for the Airbus A320neo (new engine option) family jetliners, CFM International, kicked off its engine certification programme for its LEAP-1A turbofan engine which will power the new aircraft.

CFM LEAP-1A turbofan for A320neo on the GE test rig. Photo courtesy Airbus S.A.S.

The engine conglomerate conducted the first run of the engine at GE’s Peebles, Ohio outdoor test facility. The engine performed as expected and reached full take-off thrust, during these initial evaluations.

CFM’s LEAP-1A along with Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM Geared Turbofan are the two new engine options being offered for the new variant of the A320 narrow body family. Boeing offers the 737 MAX as competition.

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