Indigo's carriers would be grounded if PW engines not replaced by 31 Jan
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday warned India’s largest airline Indigo that its carriers could be grounded if the glitch-prone older Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines installed on Airbus A320 Neo aircraft were not replaced with modified LPTs by 31 January.
It may be noted that in October there were a series of engine incidents after which the aviation authority swung into action. IndiGo has around 97 A320Neo family aircraft that are powered by P&W engines.
The Indian aviation regulator said that the order will remain in force until all of the original Pratt & Whitney engines have been replaced. The DGCA said, “We may find ourselves in a situation in which we remain saddled with a large number of aircraft with unmodified engines and operating on a schedule approved by us.”
The aviation authority said that the idled planes will be allowed to operate fresh itineraries once their engines are replaced.
However, the airline released a statement saying, ‘The current schedule remains intact.’ It added, “IndiGo is working with PW and Airbus to adjust inflow of LPT (low-pressure turbine) 3rd stage modified engines to meet the DGCA guidelines.”
The carrier has added that the choice of engine manufacturer for the DGCA’s order would be made at a later date. The aircraft has a fleet of around 247 planes and a share of around 47% of the domestic air passenger market.