Thursday, March 15, 2018

Inside the engine turbulence at IndiGo and GoAir

InterGlobe Aviation-run low-cost airline IndiGo was the first customer of the Airbus A320neo planes, which promises about 15% fuel savings because of new-generation engines ('neo' stands for 'new-engine options'). Go Airlines (India)-run GoAir, too, inducted the same model with Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.
These planes have been riddled with glitches since 2016, when they were first inducted. Initially the problems included slow engine start-up times leading to delays and erroneous software messages to the pilots, but the situation has worsened since. Several instances of engines shutting down during flights and rejected take-offs have been reported on certain Airbus A320neo planes, forcing regulators to ground many of them.
India has about 40% of the Neos flying worldwide, bringing them much more in focus here. One can easily differentiate an Airbus A320neo from an older Airbus A320 (most of the IndiGo and GoAir fleet) by looking at their size - Neo planes have a bigger engine.
15/03/18 Economic Times

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