New setback for Airbus A320neo

New setback for Airbus A320neo

New setback for Airbus A320neo

In a statement, Airbus said it had informed the airline customers affected by the issue. According to the filing, IndiGo would continue to add A320 ceo and ATR aircraft to its fleet. Pratt said Friday that the problem was isolated to "a limited subpopulation" of the engines, and had to do with a "knife edge" compressor seal.

Seventeen jets operated by Indigo and rival Go Airlines India Ltd are impacted by the issue, Airbus said in the statement.

The IndiGo has filed a response in Bombay Stock Exchange, "the product safety boards of P&W and Airbus, post- evaluating the PW1100G-JM engine issue, have decided that all Neo deliveries are on hold till further notice". The disclosure of new problems with the Pratt engines late last week marks a blow for the A320neo, Airbus's best-selling plane.

The P&W Purepower GTF engines while key to the improved efficiency of these aircraft, had a long string of problems during testing and in service.

Bloomberg News reported Sunday that IndiGo, the low-priced airline in India, disclosed three in-flight shutdowns and said pilots have had to turn back before taking off in three other instances.

In brief, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued, as usual, an emergency airworthiness directive in which it explains that "several engine stops in flight as well as takeoff interruptions have been reported".

The East Hartford manufacturer also said it will join Airbus to present regulators this week with a plan to fix the problem.

IndiGo and GoAir are the two domestic carriers that operate A320neo planes powered by P&W engines.

The GTF (Geared Turbo Fan) is a new generation reactor which competes with the LEAP engines which are co-produced by the duo General Electric-Safran.

As of now, 113 PW-powered A320neo aircraft are flying with 18 operators around the world, Airbus said.

"It is too early to determine financial implications, but the fact that it impacts a limited population of engines is a potentially mitigating factor", RBC Capital Markets analyst Matthew McConnell said before the delivery freeze emerged.

"Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights".

Airbus has also issued an alert for providing instructions to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue extended-range twin-engine operations for aircraft fitted with affected engines.

There are 43 affected engines in use and another 55 that have been delivered to Airbus awaiting installation, Pratt said Monday.

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