CFM International has delivered the first LEAP-1C engine to the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) for installation on the first C919.
The 150-seat aircraft was originally supposed to achieve first flight in 2014, but that has been pushed back to 2016. CFM and COMAC said the first C919 will roll out by the end of this year.
“Delivery of this engine paves the way for the final assembly and rollout of the first C919 aircraft later this year,” COMAC VP Wu Guanghui said in a statement. CFM and COMAC added, “C919 airplane development has entered a critical phase and final assembly of the first airframe structure is nearly complete. The wind tunnel test, iron-bird test, avionics integration and power system tests are all progressing well. With the delivery of the first LEAP-1C engine and the hydraulic systems, the installation of the airborne systems will begin soon.”
The LEAP family of engines was launched in 2009 when COMAC selected the 1C for the C919. The LEAP-1A will power the Airbus A320neo while the LEAP-1B is the sole-source engine for the Boeing 737 MAX. CFM EVP Allen Paxson said the first LEAP-1C “is the culmination of more than six years of hard work between the CFM and COMAC teams and represents the launch of the next exciting phase of the C919 aircraft development.”