Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Aviation Body Asks GoAir To Replace Engines Of 13 A320Neo Planes

New Delhi: Civil aviation regulator DGCA today asked GoAir to replace 13 A320Neo aircraft's PW engines, which have been used for over 3,000 hours, within the next 15 days or face grounding of the airplanes, an official said.
The 13 aircraft have to be fitted with at least one modified Pratt and Whitney (PW) low-pressure turbine engine within the next 15 days, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said.

The official said there are 13 aircraft in the airline's fleet in which both the PW engines have been used for more than 3,000 hours.

The airline's spokesperson said, "GoAir has not received any communication/directive from DGCA in this respect. Whenever we receive any communication, at that point in time, we will evaluate and respond accordingly. We will continue to work on all directives/policies as stipulated by the DGCA."

The PW engine-powered A320 neo planes in the fleets of the two airlines - IndiGo and GoAir - have been facing glitches both mid-air and on-ground since their induction way back in 2016, which has also led to grounding of some planes.
On Monday, the regulator asked IndiGo to replace 16 A320Neo aircraft''s PW engines, which have been used for more than 3,000 hours.
A PW spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday, "Pratt & Whitney is working in coordination with our airline customers to incorporate upgrades improving the durability of the low-pressure turbine in the PW1100G-JM fleet to address a known issue."
29/10/19 PTI/NDTV
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