PRATT AND WHITNEY ENGINES FOR INDIGO AND GOAIR

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Pratt and Whitney has as­sured the In­dian Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Aviation (DGCA) that the com­pany will pro­vide new engines as re­place­ments by the end of Septem­ber this year, for ten grounded A-320neo air­craft of IndiGo and GoAir. This was con­veyed by Pratt and Whitney when they were called in by the DGCA re­cently. The DGCA asked the Pratt and Whitney of­fi­cials to treat In­dia as a pri­or­ity mar­ket from where they are getting good busi­ness. The DGCA could un­der­stand if one or two air­craft are grounded; but here the num­ber is around ten and it is a se­ri­ous is­sue. IndiGo, at present, has eight and GoAir two A-320neos grounded. The DGCA had in April 2017, or­dered a de­tailed in­spec­tion of the Air­bus A-320neo planes of IndiGo and GoAir that are equipped with Pratt & Whitney engines. The di­rec­tion came af­ter the DGCA took se­ri­ous note of in­ci­dents where some IndiGo and GoAir air­craft had to make emer­gency land­ings due to prob­lems with the en­gine. In July this year, while talk­ing about Quar­ter-1 re­sults, Aditya Ghosh Pres­i­dent IndiGo had ac­knowl­edged the prob­lem with the engines. Reschedul­ing of ser­vices due to the ground­ing of planes ap­peared to have had an ef­fect on IndiGo’s

mar­ket share with fig­ures show­ing a fall in July 2017, the low­est for any month this year for the air­line.

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