Maker of glitchy en­gines re­pays air­line

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

GU­RU­GRAM, In­dia — Pratt & Whit­ney is pay­ing com­pen­sa­tion to IndiGo as the man­u­fac­turer strug­gles to fix glitches in en­gines that power Air­bus SE A320­neo jets.

“We con­tinue to have a higher num­ber of en­gine re­movals, and suf­fi­cient spare en­gines have not been avail­able,” IndiGo Pres­i­dent Aditya Ghosh said on a con­fer­ence call Mon­day. “The op­er­a­tional dis­rup­tions are quite chal­leng­ing, and we are not happy with that sit­u­a­tion.”

The air­line, op­er­ated by In­terGlobe Avi­a­tion Ltd., was forced to ground as many nine new A320­neo jets on some days, Ghosh said. It may be a year or so be­fore Pratt & Whit­ney im­ple­ments de­sign changes to the geared tur­bo­fan, he said, de­clin­ing to com­ment on the amount, mode or the tim­ing of the com­pen­sa­tion.

The ground­ings, which emerged in re­cent months, are hold­ing back IndiGo’s push to add ca­pac­ity to main­tain its do­mes­tic mar­ket share of more than 40 percent amid a travel boom trig­gered by an emerg­ing mid­dle-class fly­ing for the first time. The air­line, In­dia’s big­gest and the world’s top cus­tomer for the A320­neo, has said in the past it will con­sider a ri­val en­gine man­u­fac­tured by CFM In­ter­na­tional, an al­liance of Gen­eral Elec­tric Co. and Safran SA, if glitches per­sist with the Pratt en­gines.

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