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P&W engine issue: Prabhu says zero tolerance for any safety violations

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With airlines in the country facing issues in Pratt & Whitney-powered planes, Friday said passengers' safety has to be paramount and there is zero tolerance for any violation of relevant guidelines.

He said that ensuring safety is a responsibility of the of Civil (DGCA) and "we have already directed them that at any cost, safety has to be paramount".

"(There is) zero tolerance for any violation of safety issues," the said during a livestream when asked about the issues faced by P&W engines, which are powering many Neo in

The are manufactured by the The has 49 planes in the fleet, 30 of which are

"We have already given them complete freedom to operate. They (DGCA) have been directed to conduct not just of airlines but also all aspects of aviation, including infrastructure. So, they are doing it," Prabhu added.

The recurring glitches on the P&W-powered Airbus planes have forced the Wadia group-run budget carrier to ground seven A320

P&W engine woes had forced both and the larger rival, IndiGo, (which operates 57 such planes) to ground some of the A320 Neos on earlier occasions too.

In a three-hour meeting Tuesday evening, the civil aviation ministry sat with senior executives of P&W, Airbus, and GoAir to review frequent on-ground and mid-air glitches that the P&W engines, powering certain Airbus planes, have been facing since their induction in early 2016.

The DGCA Wednesday said it will issue within a week an additional safety protocol directive to the airlines, which have been facing issues in P&W-powered Airbus planes.

Speaking about the Air India's problems, Prabhu said Friday that future revenues of the company cannot service its "massive" debt and this legacy issue has to be segregated from the present challenges of national carrier.

"If you feel that future revenues can actually service the debt, it is not possible for the simple reason that the debt is so massive," he said during the livestream held on the topic 'Flying for All: Global Aviation Summit 2019'.

"Also, the cost of interest on the debt, when you try to service it from your revenues, the can never be in profit. Therefore, we have to address the debt issue. We are proactively working with the to make it happen," he added.

"There is a financial restructuring plan in place. Unless you deal with the legacy issues, and till these legacy issues are not segregated from the present challenges for Air India, we will not be able to address the problem," he said.

The loss-making is estimated to have a debt burden of more than Rs 48,000 crore and the government's efforts for strategic disinvestment of the carrier failed in May last year.

The has been making losses since the merger with in 2007.

"We have prepared a plan... we are trying to professionalise the entire management of Air India, right from the downwards so that there will be a proper management structure so that Air India can reach to newer heights," he said.

"But anybody, who comes in, will ask this question 'how do I deal with the legacy'. The same question I had to address when I took over as a The same question, Air India's new or the new or new board of directors would have to address - how do I deal with the past?" he added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 15:15 IST
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