Friday, July 28, 2006

Indian to increase engine availability

New Delhi: Indian Airlines Ltd., is vigorously pursuing all possible means to increase engine availability. This information was given to the Parliament by Shri Praful Patel, Minister for Civil Aviation in the Lok Sabha today.
The Minister added that the Indian Airlines was doing this through outsourcing of engine overhaul to outside agencies, continued retention of three short-term leased engines till January-February 2007, leasing three more engines on short-term basis and implementing the engine upgrade programme. These steps are being taken by Indian Airlines since the grounding of a number of aircrafts are primarily due to shortage of engines.
Normally, about 6 A-320 aircraft remain ground for scheduled maintenance. Presently about 12 A-320 aircraft are grounded for major maintenance/want of engines and for scheduled maintenance checks. They have not been grounded due to shortage parts.
27/07/06 Press Information Bureau (press release)
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