IndiGo Grounds Three A320 Neo Planes Over Engine Alert, Operations Hit

An Indi Go airlines’ aircraft taxis at Mumbai's Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport

In a statement, Airbus said it had informed the airline customers affected by the issue.

The problem could become much bigger if the engine supplier cannot find a quick fix, as the delivery schedule of future A320neo aircraft will likely be seriously affected in that case. "This issue is isolated to a limited subpopulation of engines", it added.

Low-priced carrier IndiGo, the country's biggest airline, has grounded three of its Airbus A320 new engine option (neo) aircraft, following a safety alert from the European aviation regulator EASA over some variants of the Pratt and Whitney engines used globally. "As soon as IndiGo learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service w.e.f. 9th of February", the airline had said in a statement on Saturday.

This is the second occasion when the airline has been forced to ground planes on account of P&W engine problems.

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In total, about thirty engines, one or two engines per plane, are affected, according to a source close to the problem.

"A cornerstone in UTC's ability to consistently generate positive earnings growth remains its ability to ramp up production of its GTF engine, which could be constrained until the latest defect on several of its most recently produced GTF engines is able to be resolved", Heymann said.

Passengers have also been offered refunds, IndiGo said. But Airbus has still parked around 30 otherwise completed aircraft at its manufacturing sites in Toulouse and Hamburg awaiting engines.

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An IndiGo spokesperson said: "IndiGo confirms receiving the recommendations by Pratt & Whitney as well as the European Aviation Safety Agency with respect to the A320neo aircraft powered by PW1100G-JM engines".

It's hard to assess how this latest setback will affect United Technologies' short-term profitability or its goal this year of nearly doubling the 374 engine deliveries it made in 2017, but it doesn't seem good.

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.

Airbus has also issued an alert for providing instructions to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue extended-range twin-engine operations for aircraft fitted with affected engines.

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