Tuesday, August 22, 2017

IndiGo cancels 84 flights over engine issues

Mumbai: Budget carrier IndiGo today cancelled 84 flights as it grounded more of its Airbus A320 planes over issues relating to availability of engines.
The InterGlobe Aviation-run IndiGo, which had grounded nine A320 neo (new engine option) planes due to issues regarding its Pratt & Whitney engines in June quarter, has grounded four more aircraft taking the total number of AOG (aircraft on ground) to 13, aviation sources told .
Of these, 11 aircraft (VT-IFC, VT-IXN, VT-ITB, VT-ITS, VT-ITF, VT-ITM, VT-ITP, VT-ITJ, VT-IFM, VT-ITO and VT-ITG) are grounded in Delhi, while one plane each has been grounded at Hyderabad and Chennai, the sources said, adding 84 flights were cancelled today.
IndiGo, which is the country's leading air carrier, however, released two statements to explain its position. It said there is no "new development" pertaining to the grounding of neos.
In the first statement, IndiGo said that its eight neos are grounded and it had already factored in the impact of the grounding of these planes in its July-September schedule.
"This is to clarify that our 8 neos are grounded. Our schedule was planned in the month of June itself pertaining to non-availability of these aircraft for the month of July, August and September. The affected passengers have already been accommodated with suitable options," it said.
22/08/17 PTI/Times of India