Monday, January 07, 2019

GoAir Grounds Seven P&W Engine-Powered A320 Neos

The recurring glitches on the Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus planes have forced the Wadia Group’s budget carrier GoAir to ground seven A320Neos, a source said Monday.

The city-headquartered airline has 49 planes in the fleet and 30 of them are Airbus A320 Neos.

Notably, the civil aviation ministry is set to review the frequent on-ground and mid-air glitches that the P&W engines, powering these planes, have been facing soon after their induction in early 2016.

“GoAir is unable to operate seven of its A320 Neos due to the P&W engine problems. Currently, these planes are grounded and awaiting engine replacements,” a source close to the development told PTI. Most of these aircraft are grounded in Mumbai whilesome are parked in Delhi, the source added.

A GoAir spokesperson was not available for comment and queries sent to P&W remained unanswered.

P&W engine woes had forced both GoAir and the larger rival IndiGo, which operates 57 of such planes, to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions also.
07/01/19 PTI/Bloomberg Quint