CFM International confirmed on Wednesday (May 4) that its LEAP-1B engine has been awarded type certification by the FAA and EASA.
The approval by the regulators paves the way for the engine’s entry into service in 2017 powering the 737MAX aircraft.
The engine was part of the 737MAX’s first test flight at the end of January 2016 and since then two more engines have been added to the test programme.
“This is another great milestone for the LEAP programme and the hard-working team behind it,” said Allen Paxson, executive vice-president for CFM.
“Everyone, from the project and engineering teams to manufacturing and our suppliers, has done an incredible job of keeping this programme on schedule and building an engine that is delivering everything that we have promised.”