Three Indigo-operated A320neo planes grounded after Airbus engine issue

Three Indigo-operated A320neo planes grounded after Airbus engine issue

While Pratt works on a fix, IndiGo said it will take delivery of older, less-efficient A320ceos to fuel its growth.

IndiGo, which is the largest operator of these planes in the country, and GoAir being the other one, have already grounded three such planes following an emergency airworthiness directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency or Easa on this issue over the weekend. Pratt spent billions to develop the new geared engines and some issues are common, but that has meant severe headaches for Airbus and its airline customers.

Airbus SE said nearly a third of its Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo aircraft are affected by a new engine glitch that has forced the European planemaker to halt some deliveries of the popular narrow-body jet.

Fourteen jets operated by Indigo and rival Go Airlines India Ltd. are impacted by the issue, Airbus said in the statement.

The performance problem with the engine performance is apparently new, but Pratt & Whitney has had ongoing issues with supply of new engines, leading to delivery delays and reduced revenue forecasts in recent years.

File picture shows the Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) taking off during its first flight event in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 25, 2014.

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Mumbai: The aviation regulator DGCA has ruled out grounding the Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320Neo fleet despite the recurring serious safety issues with the faulty new engines.

It's hard to assess how this latest setback will affect United Technologies' short-term profitability or its goal this year of nearly doubling the 374 engine deliveries it made in 2017, but it doesn't seem good.

The P&W Purepower GTF engines while key to the improved efficiency of these aircraft, had a long string of problems during testing and in service. There are also approximately 55 such engines delivered to the Airbus final assembly line awaiting installation on customer aircraft.

Indian budget carrier IndiGo, said it had carried out 69 Pratt engines replacements in 18 months, after multiple inflight shut downs and turn backs, adding replacements were the best possible precautionary measure.

"Following a problem identified on a limited number of recently delivered Pratt & Whitney GTF engines involving the rear hub of the high-pressure compressor rotor, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are reviewing the situation", writes the aircraft manufacturer with no further precision.

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