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Did full thrust revving of engines lead to grounding of Indigo's Airbuses?

Climbing at full thrust can help planes burn less fuel, two of the people said

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Anurag Kotoky and Siddharth Philip | Bloomberg
IndiGo and Go Airlines India Ltd. use the same type of engine made by Pratt & Whitney that’s susceptible to mid-flight shutdowns. Yet IndiGo, one of Airbus SE’s biggest customers, is the only one to encounter turbine failures this year, drawing heavy scrutiny from the aviation regulator.

The reason could be linked to how the budget airline flies. India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation told IndiGo’s operator, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., that its practice of revving A320neo jets at full thrust right after takeoff could wear down the engines, people familiar with the matter said. By contrast, Go Air — India’s

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First Published: Nov 29 2019 | 3:00 PM IST

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