Boeing 737 MAX 9 Awarded FAA Certification

First deliveries of the newest member of the 737 MAX family to start in the coming weeks

Seattle, February 16, 2018: Boeing announced that the 737 MAX 9 has received an amended type certificate (ATC) from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), officially certifying the airplane for commercial service. This certification marks the culmination of a successful flight test program that began in March 2017with two Boeing flight test airplanes. Boeing is now in the final stages of preparing the MAX 9 for its first delivery to launch customer Lion Air Group.

The 737 MAX 9 is designed for a capacity of up to 220 passengers and a maximum range of 3,550 nautical miles. With three additional seat rows compared to the 737 MAX 8, this airplane provides operators added capacity while maximizing profitability within their network.

The 737 MAX family is designed to offer customers exceptional performance, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that is opening up new destinations in the single-aisle market. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, large flight deck displays and other features to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide. For more information please  visit www.boeing.com/commercial/737max.

Boeing’s new 737 MAX 9 has received FAA certification and is now being prepped for first delivery. Paul Weatherman photo. (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)

Source: Boeing

Airbus A321LR  Demonstrates Nonstop Paris-New York Flight

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Improved aerodynamics and efficient jet engines open new horizons for airlines and passengers

Paris, February 14, 2018: Airbus’ latest long range airliner, the A321LR, marked a new milestone with a Paris-to-New York nonstop flight. The aircraft is powered by two CFM International LEAP-1A engines. The intercontinental flight is part of nearly 100 hours of flight tests in advance of the jetliner’s airworthiness certification, expected in the second quarter of 2018.
The LR designation is for ‘long range’ and with good reason: the A321LR has the longest range of any single-aisle commercial aircraft today, able to fly 7,400 kilometers nonstop.
Its ‘long legs’ are signified by the No. 1 A321LR’s livery featuring the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty – a representation of the Paris/New York route flown yesterday from Le Bourget Airport near the French capital to the New York region’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The aircraft also is well suited for intra-regional airline segments in Asia, the United States and other markets.
The A321LR’s unrivalled efficiency – driven by aerodynamic improvements and state-of-the-art fuel-efficient turbofan jet engines – has established its popularity among airlines, with Airbus already notching more than 100 orders for the aircraft; the first customer delivery is expected in late 2018. The interior of the A321LR will be passenger-pleasing as well, with unmatched comfort from the widest single-aisle cabin in the sky, comfortable seats, extra-large luggage bins and the latest in-flight-entertainment technology.
Operators can outfit the A321LR in state-of-the-art two-class configurations with full-flat seats for true long-haul comfort, or in a single-class layout capable of accommodating up to 240 passengers.
The A321LR is the next evolutionary step of Airbus’ twin-engine A321neo that has captured more than an 80 percent share in its middle-of-the-market category. Airbus expects the A321LR to continue this trend, as it offers a thoroughly modern replacement for the large number of ageing narrowbody and widebody aircraft facing retirement in the coming years.
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Source: Airbus

CFM Leap Engine Surpassed 200,000 Flight Hours

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CFM Leap Engine: 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption and emissions

West Chester, Ohio, August 2, 2017: CFM International’s advanced LEAP engine is setting new industry standards for fuel efficiency and asset utilization as the company celebrates the one-year anniversary of its entry into commercial service.

Since the first LEAP-powered commercial flight on August 2, 2016, more than 75 LEAP-powered aircraft have entered service with a total of 15 operators on four continents.  In addition to Pegasus, AirAsia, Air India, Avianca Brazil, Azul, Citilink, easyJet, Frontier, Interjet, Nova Airlines, SAS, SriLankan, Virgin America, Vistara, and WOW air have all taken delivery of at least one LEAP-powered airplane.  Overall, this fleet has logged more than 200,000 flight hours and 100,000 flight cycles.

“The LEAP engine entry into service is the most successful in our history and has been exceptional by any measure,” said Gaël Méheust, president and CEO of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between GE (USA) and Safran Aircraft Engines (France) and the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines.  “Our customers are thrilled with the fuel efficiency the engines is providing, as well as the world-class utilization level they are achieving with this very important asset.  Aircraft powered by the LEAP engine are flying more than 95 percent of available days.  This is simply unprecedented for a new engine.”

The LEAP is providing operators a 15 percent improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today’s best CFM engine, along with dramatic reductions in engine noise.  All this technology is focused on providing better utilization, including CFM’s legendary reliability out of the box; greater asset availability; enhanced time on wing margins to help keep maintenance costs low; and minimized maintenance actions, all supported by sophisticated analytics that enable CFM to provide tailored, predictive maintenance over the life of the product. For more information, please visit www.cfmaeroengines.com.

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Air Lease Corporation has just finalized its order for additional CFM International LEAP-1B engine to power 12 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, including five 737 MAX 7 and seven MAX 8 aircraft. The engine order is valued at $348 million U.S. at list price and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2022

Source: CFM International

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