Thursday, May 25, 2023

Quickly provide engines for grounded fleet: IndiGo to Pratt & Whitney

Low-cost carrier IndiGo has asked American aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (PW) to quickly provide engines for the airline to press its grounded planes back into service, sources said on Wednesday.

The airline wants to increase its domestic frequency to fill the supply-side void created after Go First’s exit, they added.

Go First stopped operating flights from May 3 after filing an insolvency application with the National Company Law Tribunal.

Go First has squarely blamed PW for its situation, stating that about half of its 54 fleet is grounded due to engine supply delay.

According to aviation analytics firm Cirium, the number of PW-powered aircraft grounded in IndiGo’s fleet has escalated from 23 a year ago to 36 as of May 15 this year.

The number of total grounded aircraft has increased from 25 to 37 in a year for IndiGo, the data added.

When asked about the timeline to provide engines to IndiGo, the spokesperson for PW India said that the “supply-chain recovery”, following the Covid-19 pandemic, remains stressed.

“We believe the situation will stabilise throughout 2023. This will support increased output of new and overhauled engines.

"In the interim, we are providing direct logistical support to our suppliers.

"We are expanding our maintenance, repair, and overhaul capacity and working to reduce shop visit turnaround times to improve service availability,” added the spokesperson.

25/05/2022  Deepak Patel/

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