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No plans to ground A320neo fleet powered by 'PW1100G-JM' engines, says DGCA

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Indias' civil regulator, DGCA has no plans to ground the fleet of (new engine option) powered by "PW1100G-JM" engines due to the recurring problems with the engine type.

Asked about the possible grounding of the powered by the particular engine type, of Civil (DGCA) chief told IANS that there were no such plans.

The development comes days after budget passenger carrier said that it has "withdrawn" three of its from service after "receiving" precautionary recommendations from European Safety Agency on a particular engine type which powers these planes.

"The recommendations are with respect to a certain sub-population of engines, with a particular engine configuration. has only three such affected aircraft. As soon as learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service w.e.f. 9th of February," the had said in a statement on February 10.

"Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights. But we feel it was the best decision in the interest of our safe and reliable operations."

In India, only IndiGo and operate the A320neo aircraft.

On the global level, said the current population of impacted engines stands at 43 which are installed on 32 aircraft, of which 21 planes have one engine with the modified configuration, and 11 aircraft have two engines with that configuration.

There are also "approximately 55 such engines" delivered to the final assembly line awaiting installation on customer aircraft, said.

"Pratt & Whitney, in coordination with Airbus, will present to regulatory authorities this week a proposed mitigation plan for the modified configuration," P&W said in a statement.

"is working with to implement the remediation plans set forth in its all operator transmission. The company is also working to assess an overall industrial and delivery plan to minimise customer disruption.

"Pratt & Whitney will be in a position to provide greater detail around the remediation plan and impact, if any, on its 2018 delivery plan, once the regulatory authorities address its proposed solution," it said.



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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 22:48 IST