CFM has announced that the core assembly for the first pair of CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power the Airbus A320neo is underway, marking the start of a production run that has amassed firm orders for more than 7,500 engines across all three new-generation variants.The A320neo flight test engines are being assembled at General Electric’s production facility in Durham, North Carolina, at the same time as the first LEAP-1C for COMAC’s C919 is prepared for evaluation on the company’s 747-100 flying testbed in Victorville, California. Ground tests of the LEAP-1B variant for the B737 MAX are also underway following the

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