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The PW1100G-powered A321neo has now been certified by European and US airworthiness authorities, with Boeing still to reveal a competing product.

The A321neo has now racked up 1,376 orders, about five times as many as its nearest rival, the 737 MAX 9, and certification for the CFM LEAP-powered variant of Airbus’ largest narrowbody is expected in the coming months.

“This aircraft contributes already some 40 per cent to our single aisle deliveries, and further growing,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO.

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The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was established in 2002 to harmonise safety, airworthiness and certification regimes across EU member states.

It is Europe’s version of the FAA, and strong ties between the two agencies mean that certification of an aircraft, engine or component by one clears a path to approval from the other.

Following the UK’s vote to the leave the EU, however, the alarming possibility has been raised of EASA losing one of its founding and key members.

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