Two important milestones for the A320neo program in one week: last week the LEAP-1A and the identical -1C) got it’s certification, both from the FAA and the EASA. Today, the A320neo got it’s Type Certificate with the PW1100G-JM. The road to EIS is now free and we can expect that the first aircraft will be delivered until the end of the year, almost exactly 5 years after Airbus announced the A320neo on Dec. 1st, 2010.
The A320neo has about 4500 firm orders today, enough backlog for 7-8 years of production.
Now the suppliers, first and foremost the engine suppliers have to show that they can meet the ramp up. This will be no easy Task!
In my last post I wrote that there is a significant downturn in flying time of the two A320neo equipped with the LEAP-1A. Since then it even got worse. In the last week, there was only one flight from the D-AVVB, the 2nd LEAP-1A prototype. The week before also saw less