PRATT AND WHITNEY ENGINES FOR INDIGO AND GOAIR
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.