Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

IndiGo Forced To Cancel 47 Domestic Flights As DGCA Grounds A320Neo Aircrafts

India aviation regulator orders grounding of 11 jets fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines India aviation regulator orders grounding of 11 jets fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines
Kelvin Reese | 13 March, 2018, 10:50

"IndiGo has cancelled certain flights due to the grounding of our aircraft further to the DGCA directions which has been issued in the interest of safety", the airline said.

Subsequently, three A320 neos of IndiGo fitted with both the affected engines having engine serial number 450 and beyond were grounded. Pratt & Whitney said in a statement that the issue affected a "limited sub-population of engines", without elaborating.

IndiGo carries about 40 per cent of domestic flyers, while GoAir has a market share of around 10 per cent, said media reports. Later these planes started flying after one engine was changed from them.

The Airbus A320 Neo plane had 186 passengers on board.

Last year, DGCA had ordered detailed inspection of 21 Airbus 320neo planes of IndiGo and GoAir that are equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines, which have been frequently facing technical glitches.

That's not acceptable, according to Indian regulator DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage".

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"The corrective action has been approved and we have already begun to deliver production engines with the upgraded configuration".

The term neo represents "new engine options", as airlines using any of the four variants have two options to choose from - the CFM International LEAP-1A or the Pratt & Whitney PW1000G engines. The Ahmedabad-Lucknow flight was returned to Ahmedabad. European regulators had deemed the planes safe if featuring only one affected turbine.

The snags with the engines have led to repeated grounding of airplanes in India.

"Indigo and Go Air are looking for alternative engines". The matter is being investigated by IndiGo Flight Safety team and DGCA.

Pratt replaced the original seal because it was degrading faster than expected, reducing the planned service interval.

Confirming the development, Bhubaneswar Airport Director Suresh Chandra Hota said "Only one IndiGo flight-No 701 has been grounded in Bhubaneswar".

A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded.

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