Airbus has secured joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA type certification for its Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo, marking a major milestone for the variant’s entry into service.
“This double seal of approval represents a great achievement for Airbus. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements. The A320neo is now cleared for its first delivery,” Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier said.
The Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM-powered A320neo is Airbus’ first neo variant to secure certification. This is one of two engine options available on the A320neo, alongside CFM International’s LEAP 1A, which Airbus said will be certified “in the coming months.” The A321neo and A319neo in both engines variants will then follow.
Airbus has accumulated over 1,070 flight hours and 350 flights during the A320neo flight test program, which involved three Pratt & Whitney-powered test aircraft. One of these aircraft racked up 300 hours of the total flight test time to ensure operational maturity at entry into service.
The A320neo features new engines and Sharklets which deliver more than 15% in fuel savings. This is expected to increase to 20% savings by 2020 as further cabin innovations come online.
Airbus launched the A320neo in December 2010 and has secured more than 4,300 orders from more than 75 customers to date.