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CFM LEAP-1A Achieves Joint EASA / FAA Certification

 

COLOGNE, Germany / BOSTON, Massachusetts — 20 November 2015 — CFM International's advanced LEAP-1A engine was today simultaneously awarded Type Certificates by both the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), paving the way for entry into commercial service in 2016.
CFM is unique in that it is the only engine manufacturer to gain dual original certification from both agencies, rather one lead agency issuing a type certification and the second agency validating that certification. This reflects CFM's dual design and production structure which has been so successful for more than 40 years.

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Airbus A320neo receives joint EASA and FAA Type Certification

 

Paving the way to first delivery

24 NOVEMBER 2015 PRESS RELEASE
The world's best-selling single aisle aircraft, the A320neo, has received joint Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 24th November 2015. The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines.
The EASA A320neo type Certificate was signed by EASA’s Certification Director Trevor Woods and the FAA A320neo Type Certificate by Jeffrey Duven, FAA Manager of Transport Airplane Directorate - Aircraft Certification Service. The Type Certificates were handed over to Airbus’ Executive Vice President Engineering, Charles Champion and Airbus A320neo Chief Engineer Pierre-Henri Brousse.
“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.”
The A320neo 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.
The A320neo with Pratt & Whitney engines is the first variant in the NEO Family to receive Type Certification. The A320neo with CFM engines will 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 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. Launched on 1st December 2010, the A320neo offers airlines an engine choice between the Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM and the CFM International LEAP 1A engines. With more than 4,300 orders received from over 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

http://www.airbus.com/newsevents/news-events-single/detail/airbus-a320neo-receives-joint-easa-and-faa-type-certification/


http://easa.europa.eu/system/files/dfu/TCDS_EASA%20A%20064_%20Airbus_%20A318_A319_A320_A321_Iss_18%20Airbus.pdf

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Pratt Engine Issues Prompt Airbus A320neo Launch Operator Change

 

Airbus is making a last-minute swap and now plans to deliver the first A320neo to Lufthansa, not to Qatar Airways.
According to industry sources, the change was made because of operational restrictions that are still in place for the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine, pending some hardware and software changes. Pratt is working on hardware changes to the bearing of the engine shaft and a software update. Until those changes are made, the engine has to run in idle for 3 min. following start-up. The aircraft cannot taxi under its own power until the 3 min. have elapsed.

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Lufthansa becomes launch customer of best-selling A320neo
20 JANUARY 2016 PRESS RELEASE
The Lufthansa Group, Airbus’ largest airline customer and operator, marks a major step in aviation history today by taking delivery of the first A320neo, the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft.
Equipped with all new technology Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™ engines, the A320neo sets a new, even higher standard in aircraft efficiency, reducing emissions and noise as well as burning 15% less fuel than current generation aircraft from day one and 20% less by 2020.
“We are happy that today we are the first airline worldwide to receive the Airbus A320neo. Featuring the leading technology of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney, the A320neo is by far the most efficient and most silent aircraft on short- and medium-haul routes.
With lower fuel consumption and consequently lower CO2 emissions, the A320neo has a clearly improved environmental performance. Furthermore, the new jet engine technology makes the aircraft considerably quieter. As a result, we have ordered a total of 116 aircraft of this type for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group”, states Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG.
“Today we prove once again that as an aviation company and airline group we are pioneers in the development and introduction of technical innovations. In this year alone the Lufthansa Group will receive a total of 52 new aircraft, a number we have not received in years”, says Spohr.
“Pratt & Whitney congratulates Lufthansa as the launch customer for the A320neo aircraft powered by PW1100G-JM engines,” said Robert Leduc, Pratt & Whitney President.. “Airbus and Lufthansa have been important customers for Pratt & Whitney for many years. With the A320neo’s unprecedented reductions in fuel burn, emissions and noise, I am confident that these business relationships will have continued success for many years to come.”
“Handing over the first A320neo to a world’s leading airline and long standing Airbus customer, Lufthansa, is a truly great day for everyone at Airbus,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “This occasion marks a new step forward to delivering on our promises and meeting our industry’s goal for sustainable aviation. The A320neo embodies Airbus’ passion and commitment to deliver maximum value and efficiency to our customers through continuous innovations.“
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With almost 4,500 orders received from nearly 80 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.
Last year Lufthansa celebrated its 60th anniversary since it started operations in 1955. In this period, Lufthansa Group’s Airbus orders have reached a combined total of 582 aircraft including 386 A320 Family, of which 116 are NEOs (71 A320neo and 45 A321neo). The full range of Airbus wide-body aircraft have been or will be a part of Lufthansa’s fleet from the innovative A300/A310 to the iconic A380 (14 in service), the versatile A330 to the modern and extra-comfortable A350 XWB (25 firm orders).

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Lufthansa takes possession of the first Airbus A320neo in the world


20.01.16

Quieter and more efficient: Almost 50 per cent less noise emissions – 15 per cent less fuel consumption and CO2 emissions – First destinations Hamburg and Munich – New cabin arrangement for more efficient use of space and up to 180 seats


Today, on January 20, Lufthansa took possession of the first Airbus A320neo. Carsten Spohr, CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier as well as David Hess, the President of Pratt & Whitney and Robert Leduc, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Aerospace for United Technologies made a special trip to Hamburg-Finkenwerder to celebrate the handover of the world's first A320neo. The deployment of the Airbus A320neo marks another step Lufthansa is taking towards a "three-liter fleet" (per passenger and 100 kilometers) and significantly contributes to noise reduction.


"We are pleased to be the first airline in the world to take possession of the Airbus A320neo today. The cutting-edge technologies of Airbus and Pratt & Whitney make the A320neo the most efficient and quietest aircraft for short- and medium-haul flights by far.


The lower fuel consumption results in lower CO2 emissions and gives the A320neo a significantly improved carbon footprint. The new engine technology also makes the aircraft significantly quieter," says Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Deutsche Lufthansa AG. "Today we are proving once again that we as an aviation and airline group are pioneers in the development and introduction of technological innovations. This year alone Lufthansa will take possession of a total of 52 new aircraft for the group’s airlines" says Spohr.


What makes the A320neo stand out are the new engines and improved aerodynamics. The addition of "neo" stands for "New Engine Option". The aircraft is 15 percent more fuel efficient than today's comparable models. It also shows impressive figures in terms of noise reduction: the 85 decibel maximum noise-level contour of a starting A320neo is around 50 per cent lower than that of the current A320. In accordance with certification standards, the cumulative noise emissions are about 29.8 dB below the applicable ICAO limits, which represents a significant advance in terms of noise and emissions reduction compared to the current fleet.


This is possible thanks to the new engine technology. The PW1100G engines feature so-called "Geared Turbofan" technology, which leads to a significant reduction in noise levels and fuel consumption through the transformation of drive power. 60 neo-aircraft with PW1100G engines will be delivered to the Lufthansa Group.


In addition to the new engine technology, all new A320neo and A321neo aircraft will already be equipped with vortex generators on delivery, which have an additional noise- reducing effect. The wings are fitted with the recently newly developed wingtips. The 2.4 meter long winglets (sharklets) lead to less fuel consumption due to the resulting aerodynamic advantages.


The first Lufthansa Airbus A320neo with the registration D-AINA (MSN 6801) is expected to be transferred to its future home base in Frankfurt later this week, before the aircraft will be used for its first commercial flight to Hamburg on 24 January. In addition to Hamburg Munich will also be one of the first two destinations of the A320neo.


The A320neo has a total of 180 seats for Business Class and Economy Class passengers. Inside the cabin, the galleys and lavatories in the front and back of the aircraft have been newly arranged, allowing for a more efficient use of available space. Business Class passengers therefore benefit from greater legroom in the front rows, and the new arrangement also creates room for a further two rows with 12 additional seats in Economy Class.


The Lufthansa Group has ordered a total of 116 neo-type aircraft, 45 of them the larger A321neo version. These new aircraft are intended for Lufthansa and Swiss. This order represents an investment of 13.3 billion US dollars according to list price. By the end of 2016, a total of five A320neo aircraft should have been handed over to Lufthansa and also be in use at the Lufthansa hub Frankfurt. The Lufthansa Group fleet is currently undergoing a fundamental renewal. The Group’s order shows a total of 251 brand-new aircraft at a list price value of about 30 billion euros to date. These are to be delivered by 2025.


Note to editors: photos can be found at http://mediabase.lufthansa.com



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Onboard the Inaugural Airbus A320neo Low-Key Lufthansa Launch

 

The Airbus A320neo has officially entered commercial airline service today. The extremely low-key non-event caught almost all passengers of Lufthansa flight 100 by surprise this morning when they flew from Lufthansa’s main base Frankfurt to its second German hub in Munich.

 

More here, with photos: http://airwaysnews.com/blog/2016/01/25/lh-a320neo-premier/

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A321neo takes to the sky for the first time

 

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Largest of Airbus’ best-selling single aisle with new engine option starts flight tests

9 FEBRUARY 2016 PRESS RELEASE
The first A321neo equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines completed its maiden flight on February 9th from Hamburg, Germany. The aircraft, registration D-AVXB, was flown by Experimental Test Pilots Martin Scheuermann and Bernardo Saez Benito Hernandez. Accompanying them in the cockpit was Test-Flight Engineer Gérard Leskerpit and monitoring the flight’s progress were Flight-Test Engineers Sandra Bour Schaeffer and Emiliano Requena Esteban.
The flight lasted five hours and 29 minutes during which tests were performed on the engine speed variation (low/high), systems behaviour and to validate the aircraft’s flight envelope. The A321neo will join the NEO flight test fleet and perform a partial flight test programme to validate the impact on handling qualities, performance and systems. The first A321neo will be delivered at the end of 2016.
The A321neo is the largest member of the A320neo Family and incorporates many innovations including latest generation engines, Sharklet wing tip devices and cabin improvements, which together will deliver up to 20 percent in fuel savings by 2020. The A320neo flight test campaign has accumulated some 1,900 flight hours in over 640 flights since the first flight on 25th September 2014.

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They will be operated domestically for the time being till the engine issues have been sorted out by PW

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First A321neo Suffers Tail Strike, Out Of Service For Weeks

 

The first Airbus A321neo will have to undergo significant repair work and stay on the ground for weeks following a tail strike during flights tests on Feb. 15.

The aircraft was performing the tests at Perpignan airport in France when the incident unfolded. “These things happen,” Airbus President/CEO Fabrice Bregier said during the Singapore Airshow. “We go beyond certified limits (during testing).” He did not give further details as to how and why exactly the tail strike occurred.

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Pratt & Whitney A320neo engine suffers new test snag

 

Pratt & Whitney (UTX.N) has suffered a fresh problem during testing of new aircraft engines for the Airbus A320neo, but flight trials of the latest version of Europe's best-selling airliner are continuing, people familiar with the matter said.

The problem occurred when an oil pump failed after an engine had been deliberately shut down in flight and left to turn with the natural airflow, a process known as "windmilling" which is designed to ensure an aircraft can fly on only one engine.
"We found a bearing had seized within the main oil pump. We have never seen that anywhere in flight tests," an industry executive with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Airbus completes first A321neo test flight of GTF engines

 

Airbus completed the first A321neo test flight on Pratt & Whitney PurePower Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. The PW1135G-JM engine, a 35,000 thrust class engine, is the most powerful engine on the A321neo, according to the engine manufacturer.

 

More: http://atwonline.com/engines/airbus-completes-first-a321neo-test-flight-gtf-engines

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Lufthansa says A320neo engine improving but not there yet

 

"The engine issues are slowly improving, we're not there yet, that's why we have not agreed to take the second aircraft into the fleet," Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr said after the German carrier reported annual results on Thursday.

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-lufthansa-results-a-idUSKCN0WJ1YY

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PW screwed up their engines for widebody earlier 2000s, now they are screwing up narrowbody as well.

 

Hope they can get their act together if not they will be decimated by RR and GE in long term.

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Pratt & Whitney Ships First Modified A320neo Engines

 

LOS ANGELES—Pratt & Whitney has confirmed that the first engines incorporating hardware modifications to speed up the start time of the PW1100G geared turbofan have shipped to Airbus for installation on the A320neo.

 

The arrival of the engines will be welcomed by Airbus, which has stored several A320neos in Toulouse pending availability of the upgraded powerplant. Lufthansa and IndiGo have taken a limited number of initial PW1100G-powered aircraft into service. But other operators such Qatar Airways, the original launch customer for aircraft powered with the engine, have declined delivery of the Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo. Qatar Airways and other carriers want to wait until the new aircraft start-time requirements are similar to those of A320s powered with in-service CFM International CFM56 or International Aero Engines V2500 engines.
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War of Words Between Qatar Chief, Pratt Over PW1100G

 

DUBLIN—Qatar Airways has walked away from its first Airbus A320neo and may cancel more of the type, if Pratt & Whitney does not resolve the issues with PW1100G engines quickly, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker said.
The airline, originally expected to be the launch operator for the aircraft, expected to have five A320neos in service. Their absence “has a huge impact on my bottom line,” Al Baker said, adding, “We are screaming.” The airline wants to “imminently open discussions” with CFM International about switching to Leap-1A-powered aircraft and is also considering leasing additional aircraft to bridge the gap.
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