CFM has delivered the first two production engines (a shipset) for Airbus on April 2.
This delivery paves the way for installation on the first customer aircraft and for entry into service by mid-year. The name of the initial LEAP/A320neo delivery customer will be disclosed at a later date, the company said in a statement Monday.
The engines completed final assembly at the Snecma (Safran)’s facility in Villaroche, France.
The LEAP-1A flew for the first time on the Airbus A320neo on May 19, 2015. A second A320neo was added to the test program in September of last year and, in February 2016, the LEAP engine was the first to power the new A321neo. To date, the three aircraft have logged a combined total of more than 285 flights and more than 800 hours of flight testing.
“The next challenge is entry into service,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice president for CFM. “We have been working on tooling and training and have been stress-testing our support infrastructure for several months. We expect the LEAP-1A commercial introduction to be one of the smoothest we have ever had.”
The LEAP-1A, which powers the Airbus A319neo, A320neo, and the A321neo aircraft, features 3-D woven carbon fiber composite fan blades and fan case; a debris rejection system; 4th generation three dimensional aerodynamic designs; the Twin-Annular, Pre-Swirl (TAPS) combustor featuring additively manufactured fuel nozzles; ceramics matrix composite shrouds in the high-pressure turbine; and titanium aluminide (Ti-Al) blades in the low-pressure turbine.