Thursday, August 24, 2017

PW to replace faulty aircraft engines soon

New Delhi: With snags on Pratt & Whitney's (PW) engines for the Airbus A-320 new engine option (NEO) aircraft showing no signs of ebbing, the US major has assured the Indian aviation authorities that it would provide replacement engines at the earliest. A significant number of IndiGo and GoAir PW-powered A-320 NEOs are either grounded and/or facing delivery delays, crippling the services.
"PW assured us that they will provide about 40% of their new engines to Indian carriers. We wanted them to do that because a large number of aircraft are grounded due to want of engines. Engine delivery will be expedited from the last week of September," said a senior official of th Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). At present, about 10 A-320 NEOs, eight of IndiGo, and two of GoAir are grounded in India.
With 430 A-320 Neo family planes on order, IndiGo is Airbus's biggest customer globally for this aircraft. GoAir has ordered 72 A-320 Neos with PW engines and is yet to decide the engine for an additional order of 72 Neos it confirmed last year. Air India and Vistara also have A-320 NEOs in their fleet, but they do not use PW engines.
24/08/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India