CFM International has begun ground testing of the first LEAP-1B engine—the exclusive powerplant for the Boeing 737 MAX—at Snecma (Safran) facilities in Villaroche, France. The testing launches a two-year program that will culminate in engine certification in 2016 and entry into commercial service on the 737 MAX aircraft in 2017. CFM said the LEAP-1B engine fired for the first time on June 13, three days ahead of the schedule set when the program was launched in 2011. “After ...

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