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.