Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Fresh snags: IndiGo grounds two A320 Neo aircraft for PW engine replacement

New Delhi: IndiGo has grounded two of its Airbus A320 new engine option (Neo) aircraft after the Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines powering them developed snag while flying or preparing to fly. “There were two instances … one was in Mumbai which resulted in an air turn back (flight returning to origin after take off). The other one was in Guwahati which resulted in a reject take-off at low speed. Both these aircraft are withdrawn from services and undergoing engine replacement,” the airline spokesperson said.

“Our A320 Neo operation includes around 600 flights a day (out of total of 1,400 per day). Our technical dispatch reliability for the month of July for A320 Neo is 99.8% same as our A320 ceo (the non-Neo) operation. IndiGo always follows laid down procedures by DGCA,” she added.
PW did not respond to query on these snags.
In the last 2.5 years, IndiGo Airbus A320 Neos have on an average seen one PW engine being changed every week. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has in a recent RTI reply said 126 PW engines on IndiGo Neos have been replaced from 2016 to June 30, 2019.
11/09/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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