Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Boeing 737 MAX Engine Testing Begins in France
[Aviation Today June 18, 2014] CFM International has begun ground testing of its first LEAP-1B aircraft engine that will power the Boeing 737 MAX. CFM is conducting ground-based engine testing at a Safran facility in Villaroche, France. According to Boeing, the engine testing began three days ahead of schedule, and has completed a series of break-in runs, as well as reaching full take-off thrust.
The LEAP-1B engine, installed in a test cell at Snecma (Safran) facilities in Villaroche, France, successfully completed a series of break-in runs before reaching full take-off thrust. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.
"The 737 is more fuel efficient than the A320 today and will be more fuel efficient than the A320neo tomorrow. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see an 8 percent operating cost per seat advantage over the A320neo," the company said.