Wednesday, October 30, 2019

DGCA instructs IndiGo, GoAir to replace PW engines on A320neo aircraft

New Delhi/Bengaluru: India's civil aviation regulator has ordered domestic carriers IndiGo and GoAir to modify some of their Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines, linked to in-flight shutdowns, within 15 days to avoid their grounding.

IndiGo planes fitted with Pratt & Whitney 1100 series engines that have clocked more than 2,900 hours must have at least one modified engine, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement on Monday.
The DGCA said it has issued a similar directive to GoAir on Tuesday.

The regulator said a total of 29 A320neo planes are affected, of which 16 are operated by IndiGo and 13 by GoAir. The airlines together have more than 100 A320neo planes in their fleet.

For IndiGo, India's top airline, the restrictions come days after it posted its biggest-ever quarterly loss hurt by higher maintenance costs from leasing A320ceo planes to fill a gap caused by the grounding of A320neo due to engine issues.

The airline, owned by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd , said "it will cooperate with authorities and will comply with the next course of action."

GoAir said it has not yet received any such directive from the DGCA.

Pratt & Whitney said in a statement it is working with the airlines to address the issue with minimal disruption.
29/10/19 Aditi Shah & Chandini Monnappa/Reuters/Business Standard
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