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  1. IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines

IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines

Budget carrier IndiGo today grounded five A320 neo aircraft due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines, according to sources.

By: | Published: July 25, 2018 4:44 PM
Since the induction of A320 neo planes powered by P&W engines in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing engine issues. (Reuters)

Budget carrier IndiGo today grounded five A320 neo aircraft due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines, according to sources. Without specifying the number of planes, an IndiGo spokesperson confirmed that “a few A320 neos have been taken out of service pro-actively and await spare engines from Pratt & Whitney”.

Since the induction of A320 neo planes powered by P&W engines in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing engine issues and has grounded some of these aircraft on earlier occasions also. The problems varied from mid-air engine shutdowns to oil chip detection.

“IndiGo has grounded five of its A320neo aircraft  due to P&W issues. These aircraft are currently grounded at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport,” a source said. Another source said the five aircraft were grounded today.

“The release of additional spare engines has been initiated by P&W so that all aircraft are expected to be back in service in the second half of August,” the spokesperson said in a statement. However, the spokesperson did not mention whether flight services have been disrupted due to the grounding of five planes.

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