Pratt Expects A320neo Engine Proposal This Week

Airbus Identifies New Engine Problem on the A320neo Family

While Pratt works on a fix, IndiGo said it will take delivery of older, less-efficient A320ceos to fuel its growth.

EASA says several occurrences of engine IFSD and RTO have been reported on certain Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the A320neo and the larger A321neo. "IndiGo has only three such affected aircraft". Pratt spent billions to develop the new geared engines and some issues are common, but that has meant severe headaches for Airbus and its airline customers. "As soon as IndiGo learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service w.e.f. 9th of February", the company said in a statement.

Meanwhile affected IndiGo passengers have been accommodated in other connections and flights of other airlines, the airline said, adding that passengers have also been given choice of full refund as well.

Pratt & Whitney said that with the support of Airbus it's evaluating the impact of findings last week related to a "knife-edge seal" on the high pressure compressor on a "limited subpopulation" of the engine that powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft.

The gear turbo fan engine put on Airbus 320 (neos) is facing problems leading to engine failures.

IndiGo and GoAir are the two domestic carriers that operate A320neo planes powered by P&W engines.

Gregory Hayes, chief executive officer of UTC, told industry analysts on a conference call January 24 that Pratt & Whitney shipped 374 geared turbofan engines in 2017, the midpoint of its 350 to 400 target, and almost triple the number of shipments in 2016.

Bobbi went on to say, however, that Pratt's competitors are having major problems with their newest engines as well. There are also approximately 55 such engines delivered to the Airbus final assembly line awaiting installation on customer aircraft.

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. The regulator said Friday that operators with planes using two affected engines must stop flying them within three flight cycles.

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

"Airbus and Pratt are working in close cooperation and will be swiftly communicating on the way forward to regain normal operations and resume aircraft deliveries", spokesman Jasra said.

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