Friday, July 28, 2017

Pratt Engine Woes Impact A320neo Delivery Schedule Of IndiGo, GoAir

The delivery schedule of A320neo planes of IndiGo and GoAir has been impacted by bearing seal plate wearing and combustion chamber distress issues in the Pratt & Whitney engines of such aircraft that have already been delivered, the government said on Thursday.
In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha also said that Air India has experienced delay in deliveries of some A320neo aircraft fitted with CFM Leap engines by few days due to non- availability of engines at the Airbus facility.
While budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir have opted for PW engine-powered A320neo (new engine option) planes, national carrier Air India has chosen the Leap IA26 engines from CFM.
Vistara, a Tata-Singapore Airlines joint venture, is also one of the A320 neo operators. It has selected CFM International's advanced LEAP-1A engine for the aircraft.
The delivery of A320neo planes to Indian airlines started in the first quarter of 2016.
"Subsequently, operators have started facing problem on PW 1100G-JM engines fitted on these aircraft due to bearing seal plate wearing and combustion chamber distress," Sinha said in his reply. IndiGo and GoAir has "confirmed that these issues have impacted the delivery of aircraft", he added.
27/07/17 PTI/Bloomberg Quint