Monday, October 22, 2018

IndiGo to DGCA: Remove route curbs on A320 Neo planes

New Delhi: IndiGo has asked the aviation regulator to remove restrictions on routes where its Pratt & Whitney engine-powered Airbus A320 Neo aircraft can fly and enable it to operate this plane on longer sectors. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has so far not allowed A320 Neos with PW engines to be flown on routes where they are more than an hour away from a nearest airport at any point during the journey, due to the snags in Pratt engines for this popular aircraft.

However, the US and European aviation regulators have given this nod over the last two years.

As a result, the PW-powered A320 Neos with Indian carriers — IndiGo and GoAir — do not have “extended diversion time operations” (EDTO, which earlier used to be extended range operations or ETOPS) clearance. “This clearance is required for aircraft with two or more engines to operate routes where the nearest suitable airport to make an emergency landing or divert to is more than an 60 minutes away at any point during the origin-destination journey. The PW-powered Neos in India have to fly on routes where an alternate landing airport is within 60 minutes away during their entire journey,” explained a regulatory official.
22/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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