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Airbus's A320neo Signed Off By US, EU Regulators

by Ulrika Lomas,, Brussels

26 November 2015

The Airbus A320neo has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), paving the way for the first batch of aircraft to be delivered to customers, Airbus has announced.

The joint certification was received by Airbus Executive Vice President, Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse on November 24, 2015. The joint certification is for the A320neo powered by the Pratt and Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines, with A320neos powered by the CFM International LEAP 1A engines due to be certified in the coming months.

Fabrice Brégier, Airbus's President and CEO, said: "The A320neo is now cleared for its first delivery. 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 and Whitney. It demonstrates the A320neo is meeting all requirements."

According to Airbus, the three flight test aircraft powered by Pratt and Whitney engines successfully accumulated over 1,070 flight hours in 350 flights. Of these flight test hours, 300 were completed with the same aircraft in an airline like environment.

The A320neo (new engine option) family of aircraft incorporates new technologies to reduce fuel consumption, including new generation engines and sharklet wing tip devices, which together are expected to deliver fuel savings of up to 20 percent by 2020.

Airbus has received more than 4,300 orders from over 75 customers since the aircraft's launch on December 1, 2010, capturing a 60 percent share of the single-aisle aircraft market.

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