Toulouse - On December 21, Airbus announced the type certification of the A319neo from both EASA and FAA, which is equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines.

After A320neo and A321neo, the A319 neo became the third member of the Airbus's re-engineered single-aisle family certified by the U.S. and European civil aviation authorities for CFM LEAP-1A engines.

The announcement came after an intensive flight program since the first flight of the A319neo last March. The aircraft carried out more than 500 hours of flight during this period. The A319 LEAP-1A certification also paves the way for the introduction of the ACJ319neo variant (Airbus Corporate Jet) in the first half of 2019.

The A319neo is the shortest variant of the Airbus A320neo family. This airliner can accommodate 140 passengers in two classes or up to 160 passengers in a high-density single-class with a flight range 3750 nautical miles.

Its impressive take-off performance allows the plane to operate even in the most demanding airports located in remote locations with shorter runways.

A319neo has accumulated 53 orders so far, including twenty units by Avianca with CFM LEAP 1A option.

The A320neo family offers the choice between two new generation engines: Pratt & Whitney's PurePower PW1100G and the CFM International's LEAP-1A.

The certification of the A319neo with Pratt & Whitney's 1100G engines is expected in late 2019 after around 200 hours of flight tests.

Airbus will use the same aircraft (MSN6464) for the certification campaign.