Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Airbus halts A320neo jet deliveries, tests after engine snag

Airbus halts A320neo jet deliveries, tests after engine snag

In a statement, Airbus said it had informed the airline customers affected by the issue.

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.

EASA says several occurrences of engine IFSD and RTO have been reported on certain Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the A320neo and the larger A321neo.

Media reports also quoted a senior Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official saying the grounding of aircraft powered by Pratt and Whitney engines follows a directive from European aviation safety regulator EASA.

Pratt & Whitney's new generation PurePower PW1100G geared turbofan (GTF) engines powering the Airbus A320neo family aircraft has ran into new problems. At least four scheduled flights have been cancelled and at least six have been delayed.

The issue impacts a limited sub-population of engines and IndiGo had to ground three of its aircraft in the interim, it added.

The A320neo specific PW1100G has been hounded with technical problems and reliability issues, while its variants were less affected.

EASA said aircraft with two affected engines can only operate three more cycles before one of them has to be replaced with a substitute that does not the aft hub issue.

According to the filing, IndiGo would continue to add A320 ceo and ATR aircraft to its fleet. However, Indian LCC IndiGo confirmed it has grounded three A320neos after the EASA EAD was issued. "We identified the potentially affected engines and got in touch with the customers".

"We are honoured by the continuing confidence that SWISS has placed in Pratt & Whitney and in the GTF engine", said Chris Calio, President, Commercial Engines, Pratt & Whitney.

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