Thursday, May 11, 2023

'No Merit': Pratt & Whitney Breaks Silence On Go First Allegations

New Delhi: Cash-strapped airline Go First, which has cancelled all its flights till May 19 and filed for insolvancy, held Pratt & Whitney responsible for its financial condition. Now after weeks, the engine maker has finally issued a statement defending itself against the allegations levelled by the troubled airline.

Pratt & Whitney said the allegations are without merit and the company is pursuing its own legal recourse. Notably, airline submitted before the NCLT that it has a total of 54 aircraft, which are its main assets. Out of these, 28 are grounded due to the non-supply of engines by P&W, and the remaining 26 are operational.

"Go First Airline's allegations that Pratt & Whitney is responsible for its financial condition are without merit. Pratt & Whitney will vigorously defend itself against Go First's claims, and is pursuing its own legal recourse," said Pratt & Whitney spokesperson.

Sources close to P&W alleged that the airline has a long history of missing financial commitments to the engine maker, PTI reported. P&W continuously offered its support over several years and particularly through the Covid period but the airline's leadership chose to pursue litigation, they claimed.

On May 2, the Wadia-group owned Go First Airlines made a shock announcement of cancelling all its flights initially for two days (May 3 and 4) in view of fund shortage. Later, the operations were again suspended by the airlines as half of its fleet was ground.

11/05/2023 TimesNow

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