Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Big setback for IndiGo, sixth A320 neo aircraft grounded

In a big setback for budget carrier IndiGo, the airliner was forced to ground yet another A320 neo aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, making it the sixth aircraft to be stopped from operating since July, said the airline. It however, maintained that the aircraft was grounded as it was undergoing a routine engine change.

"An IndiGo neo has been grounded and is undergoing a routine engine change. There is no impact on our flight operations," the airline said in a statement, but did not elaborate further. Sources, however, told PTI that the plane was relatively new and was grounded yesterday.

Earlier on July 25, the airline grounded five A320 neo aircraft due to Pratt & Whitney engine issues, stating that they were expected to be back in operations in the second half of August. An IndiGo spokesperson had said that five A320 neos have been taken out of service pro-actively and they await spare engines from Pratt & Whitney.
07/08/18 ZeeBiz