WEST CHESTER, Ohio – December 21, 2018 – The Airbus A319neo powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine has been jointly certified by both the U.S. FAA and European EASA airworthiness authorities. This means that all three LEAP-powered aircraft models – the A319neo, A320neo and A321neo – are now certified by the international authorities.
This latest achievement follows an intensive certification flight-test program since the A319neo’s first flight in March 2017, with this variant having now accumulated more than 500 flight hours. This certification also paves the way for the ACJ319neo (Airbus Corporate Jet) variant to enter service with VIP operators during the first half of 2019.
The LEAP engine family continues to perform exceptionally well in commercial service. There are 86 airlines currently operating more than 600 aircraft on five continents. Overall, the fleet has logged more than 1,200,000 flight cycles and 2.75 million engine flight hours while maintaining CFM’s industry-leading reliability and the highest utilization rate in this thrust class. The engine is delivering a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency, with an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions; and lower noise and NOx emissions.
About CFM International
The LEAP-1A engine is a product of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines. The LEAP engine family is the fastest-selling in aviation history with more than 16,600 orders and commitments booked to date. For more information concerning CFM, visit us on the Web at www.cfmaeroengines.com or follow us on Twitter @CFM_engines.