This month’s A321neo certification was the culmination of an extensive effort to confirm the “ready-for-service” status of Airbus’ longest-fuselage version in its New Engine Option single-aisle jetliner family.
To receive such type certification, Airbus demonstrates that every system, characteristic and feature of an aircraft is airworthy – with the related activity involving ground-based and flight tests to measure how the jetliner performs in all conditions.
It was a recognition of Airbus’ expertise and mastery of new technology, and acknowledged the engagement of employees as well as industrial partners who have worked together during the aircraft’s development.
The 15 December type certification was granted for the A321neo version powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower PW1100G-JM engines, being jointly issued by the world’s two largest airworthiness authorities: the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States.
Airbus’ A321neo version with the other available powerplant – CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines – will be certified in the coming months.