DGCA to consider extending deadline for A320neo P&W engine change

With the 31 January deadline for replacing Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines on A320neo planes looming, Directorate General of Civil Aviation chief Arun Kumar stated the regulator will, in mid-January, do not forget giving an extension to no-frills airways IndiGo and GoAir.

India’s largest airline IndiGo and its rival GoAir are the only two airlines which use the Airbus A320neo with Pratt and Whitney engines. Following repeated snags, the regulator in November requested the airways to get the engines changed.

“We will take a call in the middle of January after assessing the progress,” Kumar told in a statement.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued a fresh warning earlier this week approximately a ability dual-engine failure on Airbus A320neo own family  planes  outfitted  with Pratt and Whitney (P&W) engines.

While EASA has set a closing date of March-give up for changing as a minimum one, if not both, engines, the DGCA has asked the 2 airways to get the engines replaced by means of 31 January.

Since the advent of A320neos in 2016, P&W engines have mentioned snags, however the EASA, the certifying frame for Europe-primarily based Airbus A320neos, had issued the first caution over the opportunity of dual-engine failures, a  doubtlessly deadly  flaw,  related to P&W engines in February 2018.

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd’s IndiGo has 98 A320neo family aircraft—91 A320neos and seven A321neo planes—all with P&W engines, while rival GoAir’s fleet has 37 A320neos with 13 affected engines.

A320neos operated by Air India and Vistara, besides other major airlines, however, use CFM International engines, a joint venture between US’s General Electric and French engine manufacturer Safran S.A. These aircraft are not under the scanner.

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