Following engine woes, IndiGo grounds A320 neo aircrafts on DGCA instructions

Following engine woes, IndiGo grounds A320 neo aircrafts on DGCA instructions

But Airbus has still parked around 30 otherwise completed aircraft at its manufacturing sites in Toulouse and Hamburg awaiting engines.

On the issue DGCA said EASA on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number. The European Aviation Safety Agency said Friday there were "several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown" and other in-service events with the engine, and restricted their flight, the Journal said.

The Indian regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which accepted the order, did not ground the entire A320 neo fleet.

In a statement, Pratt & Whitney said it is working with customers to resolve the issue, which affects the knife edge seal in the high pressure compressor aft hub on the engine.

"Although we have not experienced any related issues with our engines, we immediately removed the plane from service", the airline said in a statement. ETOPS are standards that apply to twin engine aircraft that are flying on routes, which have a diversion time of more than 60 minutes at the speed which can be achieved with one inoperative engine. Currently, India is the world's largest operator of A320neos fitted with the faulty PW 1100 engines. "But we feel it was the best decision in the interest of our safe and reliable operations", IndiGo said in a statement. "Product Safety Boards of PW and Airbus post evaluating the PW1100G-jm engine issue decided that all neo deliveries are postponed till further notice".

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He said the athletes are considering legal action against these Olympic bodies. "We are all Russian patriots, all athletes".

"We are in discussions with the airlines and responding on a case-by-case basis", an Airbus spokesperson told AFP.

"The efforts of both companies are directed to support customers and operators to minimise any disruption", Airbus says, referring to itself and P&W.

Last year, other problems with the GTF engine also caused delays in deliveries of the twin-engine A320neo, a more fuel-efficient version of the Airbus company's best-selling airliner.

The Pratt & Whitney engines are installed in about 113 Airbus planes across 18 airlines - the majority of which are in India and Europe, a Pratt & Whitney spokesperson told CNNMoney.

In the past, too, IndiGo has acknowledged facing operational difficulties due to the problems with Pratt & Whitney's new geared turbofan engines.

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