Thursday, July 27, 2017

After IndiGo, GoAir faces A-320 Neo engine woes

New Delhi: Pratt & Whitney's (PW) snag-prone engines for the Airbus A-320 new engine option (Neo) continues to trouble both the airlines - IndiGo and GoAir - using this combination in India. While TOI had on July 11 reported that 9 of the 22 PW-powered A-320 Neos of IndiGo were grounded due to engine issues, now GoAir is also facing problem on this front.
GoAir has been sending mails to passengers about some flight cancellations as the engine trouble has meant slower than expected deliveries of the aircraft from Airbus. "The reason for the cancellation is the delay from Airbus on account of Pratt & Whitney powered engine delivery. We regret the inconvenience caused. These changes are due to issues beyond our control and our customer care team will call you ... for free rebooking or full refund," says a mail sent by GoAir to a passenger who had booked an Ahmedabad-Bengaluru flight for August, informing him about the flight being cancelled.
GoAir did not say how many A-320 Neos it was supposed to get till now as per original delivery schedule and how many it has actually got so far. The Wadia group airline has 5 A-320 Neos. One of these has been grounded for engine replacement, adding to the airline's troubles.
27/07/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India