Monday, January 13, 2020

DGCA extends deadline for IndiGo to replace all 135 unmodified Pratt and Whitney engines till 31 May

The country's largest airline, IndiGo, got a major relief when the aviation regulator, DGCA, extended the deadline for the budget carrier to replace all 135 unmodified Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines from 31 January to 31 May.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated on Monday that it believes that the unmodified PW engines do contain an "unsafe condition, which is prone to undesirable outcomes" and therefore, need to be dispensed with, reported PTI.
"Post DGCA order dated 1st November 2019, all stake holders i.e. the airline and the aircraft and the engine manufacturer have made significant efforts towards completion of the task. They have jointly and severally submitted a complete action plan, which finds the change of engines for the entire fleet feasible by the end of June 2020," said the regulator.
"It involves procurement of about 135 engines and month wise details have been worked out to achieve the goal. Needless to say, the timeline looks impressive if we recall that originally it was expected to be accomplished in 14 months i.e. from November 2019 to December 2020," it added.
However, DGCA felt that it can be compressed further and should be achievable by May 2020.
"Therefore, the revised timeline for complete removal of unmodified engines from the fleet is 31 May 2020. It is further laid down that no aircraft with unmodified engine in Indigo fleet shall be allowed to fly after that," said the regulator on Monday.
The PW engine-powered A320 neo planes in the fleets of IndiGo and GoAir have been facing glitches both mid-air and on-ground since their induction way back in 2016.
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