Saturday, August 25, 2018

Nine out of 60 Airbus A-320 NEOs grounded, says DGCA report

New Delhi: Nine of the 60 Airbus A-320 New Engine Option (NEO) aircraft operating in India have been grounded, the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a preliminary report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. This includes seven with IndiGo and two with GoAir aircraft, the DGCA said.

Air India also operates A-320 NEO aircraft but these are powered by engines manufactured by another company and hence their operations remain unaffected. The ones operated by IndiGo and GoAir are powered by Pratt and Whitney engines.

The report comes after Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Civil Aviation, directed the DGCA to submit a report on the grounding of Airbus A-320 NEO aircraft.

The Minister ordered the review a day after IndiGo, the Delhi based low-cost airline, issued a statement confirming that a few of its Airbus A-320 NEO aircraft had been “grounded proactively” due to non-availability of spares engines from Pratt and Whitney (PW). The airline did not say how many aircraft had been grounded due to engine trouble.
24/08/18 Business Line