Thursday, August 03, 2023

India's Go First keeps talking to P&W despite legal setbacks

 US court ruling has thwarted attempts by Go First (G8, Mumbai International) to force Pratt & Whitney to supply it with aircraft engines. Last week, US Delaware District Court Judge Laura Hatcher dismissed an application by the Indian low-cost carrier to enforce a Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) decision after that tribunal recently made a final decision that ran counter to the interim ruling.

Go Airlines (India) Limited, trading as Go First, filed the motion in the US District Court in late April to enforce the arbitration's interim ruling. The matter was Go Airlines (India) Limited v. International Aero Engines, LLC (case no: 1:2023mc00249). Pratt & Whitney and some subsidiary entities are the majority owners of International Aero Engines.

Earlier this year, before Go First suspended flights and filed for voluntary administration, it obtained an interim order from the SIAC requiring Pratt & Whitney to supply it with at least ten serviceable engines by April 27, 2023, and a further ten spare leased engines per month until December 2023. Go First has consistently maintained that ongoing problems with the supply and maintenance of the Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1100G engines fitted to its Airbus fleet caused it to ground a large percentage of its fleet, resulting in a financial crisis and eventual insolvency.

In a May 11 filing in Delaware, International Aero Engines challenged the SIAC's interim order, saying it exceeded the original contractual requirements. It also raised concerns about Go First's ability to pay for the engines, calling the carrier "a chronic defaulter."

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