CFMI will develop and test the first variant of its next-generation Leap-X engine earlier than originally planned in order to meet the C919 entry-into-service target of 2016, the official selection of which was announced today in China. When the program kicked off in 2007, well before the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919 contest, the Leap-X technology demonstration effort was timed for engine certification in 2016. This was arbitrarily scheduled by CFMI to support a ...

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