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Deadline extended: GoAir, IndiGo get until Nov 24 to fix P&W engines

In the wake of multiple incidents involving P&W engines in recent times, DGCA had given certain deadlines to the two airlines for carrying out changes to their P&W engines

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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Aviation regulator DGCA has extended the deadline for modification of engines, powering A320 neo planes of and

In the wake of multiple incidents involving P&W engines in recent times, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had given certain deadlines to the two for carrying out changes to their P&W engines.

"... as the task is onerous and availability of such engines is an issue, we have now asked them to complete the task in a slightly modified time line i.e. November 24, 2019," the regulator said in a statement on Friday.

Directives were issued by the watchdog on October 28, 29 and November 11, with regard to change of engines with modified Low Pressure Turbine (LPT).

Initially, engines of 16 A320 neo planes of were to be modified by November 12, while 13 such aircraft of by November 13.

Besides, was to modify engines of 23 A320 neo planes by November 19.

"The position has been reviewed and we are happy to note that the have made substantial progress with regard to the directives issued dated October 28 and 29," DGCA said.

Out of 23 planes, IndiGo has placed modified engines in 15 of them while has done for 9 aircraft out of the total of 13.

The regulator noted the progress made is "below expectation".

Further, DGCA said its directive to IndiGo on complete change of all P&W engines with modified LPT by January 31 remains in force.

"In case of non-adherence to any of the time lines... will entail grounding of such aircraft after the due date," it added.

First Published: Fri, November 15 2019. 14:45 IST
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