Monday, February 12, 2018

No plans to ground A320 Neos over P&W engine glitches: DGCA

Mumbai: The aviation regulator DGCA has ruled out grounding the Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320Neo fleet despite the recurring serious safety issues with the faulty new engines.
Budget carrier IndiGo, which is the largest operator of these planes in the country, and GoAir being the other one, have already grounded three such planes following an emergency airworthiness directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency or Easa on this issue over the weekend.
"No (there is no such plan)," was the response of Director General Civil Aviation BS Bhullar in response to a query from PTI, seeking to know whether there was any move on the part of the regulator to ground the entire Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320 Neo planes despite repeated serious safety glitches with the new engines of these planes.
It can be noted that this is in sharp contrast to the stance taken by the regulator during the Manmohan Singh government when Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliners faced battery fire issues prompting DGCA to order grounding of all B-787s shortly after the US Federal Aviation Administration ordered so.
12/02/18 Times of India