Fresh snags: IndiGo grounds two A320 Neo aircraft for PW engine replacement


NEW DELHI: IndiGo has grounded two of its Airbus A320 contemporary engine option (Neo) airplane after the Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines powering them developed snag while flying or making engaging to flee. “There have been two cases … one used to be in Mumbai which resulted in an air flip abet (flight returning to initiating set after place off). The other one used to be in Guwahati which resulted in a reject place-off at low tempo. Each these airplane are withdrawn from products and services and undergoing engine replacement,” the airline spokesperson said.

“Our A320 Neo operation includes spherical 600 flights a day (out of total of 1,400 per day). Our technical dispatch reliability for the month of July for A320 Neo is 99.8% identical as our A320 ceo (the non-Neo) operation. IndiGo constantly follows laid down procedures by DGCA,” she added.

PW did now not answer to quiz on these snags.

In the final discover 2.5 years, IndiGo Airbus A320 Neos have on an life like seen one PW engine being changed a week. The Directorate Popular of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has in a most up-to-date RTI reply said 126 PW engines on IndiGo Neos have been replaced from 2016 to June 30, 2019.

The virtually once-a-week life like of unhealthy engine replacement comes with 46 engines being replaced in calendar years 2017 and 2018 every and 27 within the first six months of this twelve months (ultimate 7 in 2016). The reply particulars how some engines wanted to be taken off wings for replacement after flying for as much less as 37, 59 and 69 hours.

“The high quantity of engine replacement is as a result of India’s prescribing thorough (borospic) assessments of Neos’ PW engines. It is miles now not all these 126 engines were replaced after developing snags inflight or when making engaging for a flight. Many snags that led to engine replacement were printed for the duration of assessments on ground,” a senior DGCA legitimate had told TOI.

With 430 A320/21 Neos on disclose, IndiGo is the world’s very top buyer for this airplane. The airline inducted its first PW-powered A320 Neo on March 11, 2016, and at most up-to-date has 92 of these planes. GoAir, which has 144 A320 Neos on disclose, within the meantime has 35 PW-powered Neos. The DGCA RTI reply on PW engine replacement is for IndiGo Pratt engine replacements on my own and doesn’t contain figures for GoAir.

The PW engines for A320 Neos have been snag-ridden from 2016 itself. Presumably for this motive IndiGo lately opted for engines from PW competitor, CFM, for 280 Neos.

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