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Leap-powered A321neo gains US and European approval

Airbus has gained type certification for the A321neo variant powered by CFM International Leap-1A turbofan engines, the airframer disclosed today.

The joint approval from the European Aviation Safety Agency and US Federal Aviation Administration follows type certification of the same aircraft with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared turbofan engines.

In the amended type certificate issued by EASA, the CFM-powered A321neo variant is listed as the A321-251N. The P&W version is identified by regulators as the A321-271N.

The certificate lists the take-off power of the Leap-1A as 32,160lb-thrust, versus 33,110lb-thrust for the PW1100G variant of the A321neo.

In non-static conditions, P&W and CFM's engines for the A321neo can produce the equivalent of 35,000lb-thrust.

The first Leap-powered A321neo is to be delivered later this year, CFM confirms.

In August 2016, the Leap-1A-powered A320neo entered commercial service. Nine airlines have taken delivery of a total of 72 of the engines.

"The Leap-1A entry into service on the A320neo has been incredibly smooth," states CFM chief executive Gael Meheust.

CORRECTION: The article was updated to note the Leap-1A is also capable of producing the equivalent of 35,000lb-thrust power in non-static conditions.

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