Thursday, November 07, 2019

IndiGo’s big challenge: CEO expresses difficulty in meeting this crucial deadline

Budget carrier IndiGo has said that it feels the deadline for changing A320neo engines of its entire fleet is challenging. However, the airline is confident that it will be able to meet the November 19 deadline for changing 23 of its Pratt and Whitney engines, Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, IndiGo said, CNBC TV-18 reported. The aviation watchdog had earlier directed the airline to fix all of its A320neo engines after multiple incidents of mid-air stallings. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has threatened grounding of the entire fleet of IndiGo’s A320neo if the airline does not meet the deadline of 31 January 2020. IndiGo operates about 97 A320neos. The aviation watchdog had also asked the airline to fix about 23 aircraft as soon as 19 November.

There has been a long standing issue of engine failures of Pratt & Whitney company and three incidents of stallings were reported in October itself. However, the issue is not exclusive to IndiGo and the DGCA has asked both IndiGo and GoAir to fix their aircraft. Both of them have been served a 15-day deadline to replace the faulty engines failing which, the A320neos are bound to be grounded. IndiGo has grounded several planes in the past as well due to the issue with P&W engines. IndiGo now runs about half of the 97 Neo fleet with modified engines while the rest of the fleet still runs on the troubled P&Ws.
07/11/19 Financial Express
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