A319 certified

From:         Stefano Pagiola <spagiola@worldbank.org>
Organization: worldbank
Date:         12 Apr 96 02:11:23 
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Airbus' A319 received its type certification from the European Joint
Aviation Authorities (JAA) on April 10.  Certification is for the version
equipped with CFM56-5Bs. Versions powered by CFM56-5As, and V2500-A5s are
expected to be certified later this year.

The first A319 will be delivered to ILFC later this month, for operation
by Swissair.  Swissair will be the first airline to operate all 3 members
of the A319/A320/A321 family.  Lufthansa, Air Inter Europe, and Air Canada
will also take delivery of A319s this year.

The flight test program began with the A319's first flight on August 29,
1995.  It involved two aircraft flying more than 500 hours and 250
missions.  Since the A319 is a derivative, flight tests focused on
in-flight performance, flying qualities, autopilot and other specific
modifications of the A319.