PARIS May 10 Airbus said on Wednesday
it is continuing normal flight operations on aircraft powered by
new-generation LEAP engines co-produced by General Electric
and France's Safran.
The European planemaker uses a different version of the
engine from those supplied to Boeing, which said earlier it had
halted test flights on its 737 MAX due to an engine issue.
Asked whether Airbus continued to carry out development test
flights and pre-delivery test flights on A320neo-family aircraft
powered by the LEAP-1A engine, made by GE-Safran venture CFM
International, a spokesman for the planemaker said "yes we are".
GE said earlier Safran had found a quality problem in a disc
used in the low-pressure turbine at the rear of the LEAP-1B
engine used by Boeing and notified the jetmaker over the weekend
. Safran was not immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Leigh Thomas)