New safety protocols have been issued by the government for airlines operating Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines, said by the civil aviation secretary.

Several times the low-cost airlines IndiGo and GoAir were forced to ground A320neo due to issues in their engines.

On Tuesday, IndiGo, GoAir, aircraft manufacturer Airbus and engine maker Pratt & Whitney had a discussion with civil aviation ministry officials on the engine issues.

Civil aviation secretary R N Choubey told the sources that the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would issue safety rules for airlines within one week.

But he said his ministry had no plans to tell IndiGo, India’s biggest carrier by market share, and GoAir to take A320neos jets out of service or stop taking new deliveries. IndiGo and GoAir have not commented yet about the meeting.

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IndiGo said last month it would retrofit its A320neo fleet with a new software upgrade from Pratt & Whitney after one of its planes was forced to make an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin.

At a meeting on Tuesday, a presentation was made by Pratt & Whitney. The ministry and DCGA had discovered five main issues with the engines and Pratt & Whitney had taken corrective action on four of them, said Mr. Choubey.

The US aviation authority said in February that there is a shutdown risk in the Pratt & Whitney engines. That month European regulators also claimed the same.

In July,  Airbus said that Pratt & Whitney was catching up on delays causing a backlog of A320neos sitting on the ground outside factories without engines and in the second half of 2018 there would be an improvement.





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