The Airbus A320neo received joint Type
Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Tuesday, 24 November
The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt
& Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.
“This double seal of
approval represents a great achievement for Airbus. It recognizes
the hard work performed by all the teams at Airbus and Pratt &
Whitney. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements,”
said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A320neo is
now cleared for its first delivery and ready to offer many
airlines its winning combination of unbeatable economics and
outstanding cabin comfort.”
successfully completed a rigorous programme of certification which
tested its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to
ensure the aircraft successfully met all airworthiness criteria.
The three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney
engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in some
350 flights. Of these 1,070 flight test hours, 300 were completed
with the same aircraft in an airline like environment to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.
A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the
NEO Family to receive Type Certification.
The A320neo with CFM
engines is expected to be certified in the coming months, the A321neo and
A319neo in both engines variants will follow.
The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new
generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together
deliver more than 15% in fuel savings from day one and 20% by 2020 with further cabin innovations.
Launched on 1
December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice
between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM
International LEAP 1A engines.
More than 4,300 orders
have been received from over 75 customers since its launch in
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