Saturday, July 28, 2018

At least 8 A-320 Neos grounded due to faulty Pratt engines

New Delhi: At least eight Airbus A-320 Neos are grounded in India currently awaiting replacement of their snag-ridden Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines. Low cost GoAir on Friday said three of its Neos are grounded due to this reason. Earlier this week, IndiGo had said “some” of its planes were not flying awaiting engine replacement. At least five of IndiGo’s Neos are learnt to be on the ground in Delhi, taking number of A-320 Neos not flying currently to minimum eight.
GoAir has 37 A-320s, of which 18 are Neos. “Three of our Neos are grounded, awaiting engine replacement,” a GoAir spokesman said. In India, IndiGo and GoAir use A-320s powered powered by PW engines. The latest groundings happened after a re-run of unending problems faced earlier too like inflight shutdowns. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), however, says the issue arose after regular checks mandated by it at more frequent intervals.
 “We have laid out a strict schedule for carrying out regular checks on PW engines powering the A-320 Neos. Regular borscopic checks revealed trouble with the engines due to which the same need to be changed. PW has given a schedule to airlines for supplying replacement engines,” a senior
DGCA official said.
27/07/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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