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Airbus Drops P&W Engines for A321Neo First Flight, Uses CFM

  • Pratt turbine has suffered glitches related to cooling
  • Issue has already led Qatar Air to delay delivery by months
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Airbus Group SE has decided not to use Pratt & Whitney engines that have suffered engineering glitches for the first test flight of its A321neo, the largest and most widely-ordered variant of the European company’s new single-aisle jet, and will instead employ rival turbines from CFM International.

Airbus said it still aims to deliver the first A321neos powered by Pratt by the end of 2016, with CFM-equipped aircraft being handed over in early 2017. Spokesman Stefan Schaffrathsaid many tests are independent of engine type and that it “doesn’t matter” which turbines are actually used on initial flights.