Engine shut downs delay A320 delivery


An Airbus spokesman said it is "in discussions with customers about delivery schedules" on a case-by-case basis.

IndiGo, which is the largest operator of these planes in the country, and GoAir being the other one, have already grounded three such planes following an emergency airworthiness directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency or Easa on this issue over the weekend.

No-frills airline IndiGo said it has grounded three A320 neo aircraft due to engine problems, which also resulted in cancellation of some flights.

P&W in a statement said, we have identified an issue, which is isolated to a limited number of potentially affected aircraft.

Airbus said of the total 113 aircraft worldwide, some 10 per centhave both engines affected. The issues, involving a compressor seal, are different from faults that have previously afflicted the engine type and are from the most recent batches to come off the engine-maker's production line.

Bloomberg News reported Sunday that IndiGo, the low-priced airline in India, disclosed three in-flight shutdowns and said pilots have had to turn back before taking off in three other instances.

P&W's Purepower GTF engine family powers all the new generation single aisle passenger jets except the Boeing 737 MAX.

Air safety officials in Europe clamped down on flights by planes powered by affected Pratt & Whitney engines, citing "several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown", according to the Wall Street Journal.

X This marks the latest setback for United Tech's Pratt & Whitney division and its Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines. The Farmington conglomerate, which also makes aerospace parts, elevators and building systems equipment, has touted the engine as quieter and more fuel-efficient than those produced by competitors.

In a statement issued on Saturday, IndiGo confirmed that there are some issues with the engine of the said aircraft and keeping the safety as top priority, it has decided not to fly these three aircrafts.

Indian budget carrier IndiGo, said it had carried out 69 Pratt engines replacements in 18 months, after multiple inflight shut downs and turn backs, adding replacements were the best possible precautionary measure.

Airbus too has issued an alert, saying these aircraft should not be used till further instructions.

There are 43 affected engines in use and another 55 that have been delivered to Airbus awaiting installation, Pratt said Monday.