India's leading domestic airline Indigo has been forced to cancel 84 flights owing to a technical snag in its Pratt & Whitney engines. The airline had to also ground 13 A320 Neo planes.
IndiGo Airlines has been compounded with similar problems earlier as it had to ground at least seven of its A320neo aircraft over engine problems occurring in the newly acquired Pratt & Whitney PW1100 geared turbofan engines.
Last week, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had expressed concern over grounding of A320 Neo aircraft of IndiGo and GoAir due to engine-related issues.The development came after a meeting was held between the DGCA officials and executives from engine manufacturer P&W, Airbus, IndiGo, and GoAir.
According to the official, P&W informed that the modification done on "No 3 bearing" from April 2017 onwards had addressed the problem to some extent.It also said that the new set of improved combustion chambers would be available around October this year.The DGCA official added that P&W would expedite the supply of engines by increasing the "shop-level delivery of engines undergoing modification".
Indigo has come out with a clarification on the matter stating that misleading information is being spread by section media on IndiGo’s flight cancellations. The airline clarified that 8 Neos were grounded as the schedule was already planned in the month of June on non-availability of these aircraft for July, August and September.
More details are awaited