After India’s largest airline IndiGo grounded some of its Airbus A320 neo fleet due to the Pratt & Whitney (PW) engine issues, Aditya Ghosh, the President of the airline on Tuesday said that they will look at GE engines for its planned 280 A320 neo planes. Due to engine snags, as many as nine aircraft have been grounded by IndiGo on certain days, as per the report. However, IndiGo is not the only airline which has issues with PW engines. As per the report by Indian Express, last year, GoAir which inducted its first aircraft in the month of June, has also grounded two of its five A320 neo aircraft.
India’s largest airline and Airbus’s biggest “neo customer” IndiGo took delivery of its first A320 neo with the PW engine. As per the report, the airline has received a fleet of 22 A320 neo aircraft from Airbus which has so far delivered around 60 Pratt & Whitney-powered A320 neo aircraft to 12 operators.
While answering to the question that if there was a potential safety concern for passengers due to problems in the Pratt & Whitney engines, President Ghosh while talking to the media referred the company’s statement issued on August 20 which said, “While not a safety issue, we report all the relevant data on these engines to the DGCA and they are also continuously monitoring these issues as part of their oversight authority and responsibility.”
Ghosh, who is also a Whole Time Director, while addressing the shareholders at the annual general meeting on Monday had said that the issues related to its A320 neos are due to two specific components of P&W engines wearing out faster than expected even as he assured it is not a safety issue, reported PTI.