Engine Alliance-powered A380 wins EASA/FAA certification
The Airbus A380 powered by Engine Alliance GP7200 engines received joint European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and FAA type certification last Friday. The approval came a year and two days after the EASA and FAA issued the Rolls-Royce-powered A380 its certification, on Dec. 12, 2006. MSN009, Airbus’ test aircraft powered by the Engine Alliance turbofans, completed nearly 800 hours of test flying. Emirates Airline, the A380’s largest customer with 58 airplanes on firm order, expects to become the first to take delivery of the GP7200-powered airliner next summer. Production schedules call for subsequent deliveries of Engine Alliance A380s with Air France, Korean Air and ILFC lessors.