Airbus A320neo delivery pause following PW1100G engine issues

IndiGo Airlines

There are also approximately 55 such engines delivered to the Airbus final assembly line awaiting installation on customer aircraft.

EASA says several occurrences of engine IFSD and RTO have been reported on certain Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the A320neo and the larger A321neo.

Almost a third of Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320neo aircraft in India, or 14, have been affected due to the latest glitch in the power plant's high pressure compressor aft hub.

"This issue is isolated to a limited subpopulation of engines", Pratt said, but did not say how many engines the "subpopulation" includes.

Airbus has informed IndiGo that all A320neo deliveries are on hold until further notice following the discovery of a new issue with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engine, the carrier's parent company InterGlobe Aviation has disclosed. "As soon as IndiGo learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service w.e.f. 9th of February", the company said in a statement.

Following this problem, IndiGo has already grounded three A320 neo planes that are powered by P&W engines. Airbus selected the PW1100 as the launch engine for the A320neo (new engine option) aircraft family, based on its fuel efficiency, noise reduction, and lower Carbon dioxide and NOX emissions.

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Following an emergency airworthiness directive from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) late last week, Airbus also postponed deliveries of the aircraft model with the Pratt & Whitney engines.

How many A320 neos are being operated by IndiGo and GoAir in which one of two PW engines is faulty is not known.

Airbus said 113 of the jets at 18 airlines use the Pratt geared turbofan engine, but not all are affected.

The early glitches at Pratt led many customers to wait on the sidelines: The competing CFM engine outsold the GTF on the A320neo by a 10-to-1 margin in early 2017.

A statement from IndiGo on Saturday said the precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft "resulted in cancellations of some of our flights". Airbus has issued an Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) providing instructions "to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue [ETOPS] for aircraft fitted with affected engines", according to EASA.

The American aircraft engine-maker Pratt & Whitney on Monday said it is working with Airbus and its customers, including IndiGo, to minimise any "operational disruptions".


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