On Tuesday airline industry confirms the grounding of another A320 Neo Aircraft of IndiGo. It is the Sixth aircraft to be blocked from operations since July, this year. This sixth Neo Aircraft has grounded in Delhi at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI).
The airline industry mentioned the reason behind grounded the aircraft as it underwent a routine engine changes. The authority of airline says, “An IndiGo Neo has been grounded and is undergoing a routine engine change. There is no impact on our flight operation.” However, they did not brief it further.
The plane grounded on Monday was relatively new, reports source.
The airline on July 25 informed that it grounded Five A320 Neo Aircraft because of the engine trouble, and they are expected to get back in operation soon within the second week of August. A representative of IndiGo reports that the Five A320 Neo have been granted for pro-actively service and enhance spare engines from Pratt & Whitney.
“It is working closely with operators to address aircraft taken out of service as per established engine inspection plans,” said Pratt & Whitney in a statement. It continued, “Engine removals are being planned and coordinated with the airlines as we continue to successfully retrofit the fleet with the latest configuration engines. Some aircraft will be out of service temporarily as they perform these removals. Spare engines are now becoming available, with the objective to support aircraft availability in August and onward. We will continue to work with each airline while we incorporate enhancements to their fleet.”
P & W engine on earlier occasion has also forced to ground some of the A320 Neo aircraft to the airline industry. Presently, IndiGo has over 170 aircraft, which includes 40 A320 Neo Planes.
During this year February and March, 14 planes- among them IndiGo woes 11 and GoAir 3 were excluded from operation due to the issue of P & W engine. This was done after the issue of aviation regulatory direction rises, considering mid-air shut down, which were reported by the two carriers. This grounding hit 1.08 lakh passengers of IndiGo.
In June 2017, IndiGo has grounded Nine A320 Neo Aircrafts because of the issue with P & W engine. This grounding resulted in the canceling of 84 flights, last year on the same day.