The news about the frequently recurring glitches in the Pratt and Whitney engines in the A320neos inducted by the Indian domestic carriers in the 2016 have come into the limelight lately for all the wrong reasons. First the reports were from the low-cost carrier IndiGo, and now GoAir has also come up with updates informing about the same. The Wadia-Group owned no-frills carrier has also reportedly grounded as much as seven A320neo aircraft from its fleet after facing P&W engine issues.
Aircraft Inducted in 2016 Become Cause of Concern
It is worth noting that in totality, GoAir has a fleet consisting of 49 planes out of which 30 are Airbus A320neo aircraft. After the frequent reports of mid-air glitches with these engines, the civil aviation ministry has decided to intervene in the issue and will go ahead with reviewing the situation with these planes. To recall, the planes which are facing these issues in the IndiGo and GoAir fleet were inducted respectively into the airlines in early 2016.
As per a source quoted by PTI and Mint, “Goair is unable to operate seven of its A320Neos due to the P&W engine problems. Currently, these planes are grounded and awaiting engine replacements.” The source also added that out of all the planes that GoAir has grounded most remain in Mumbai, while some are parked in Delhi as well.
IndiGo Also Faces P&W Engine Issues
The problems started surfacing last year, when a total of 14 planes, 11 from IndiGo and 3 from GoAir were grounded by the DGCA after they faced mid-air engine shutdown. In comparison to GoAir, which has a relatively low count of Airbus A320neos in its fleet, IndiGo has a strong count of these aircraft boasting of 57 of these planes. However, these two carriers are not the only ones operating Airbus A320neos, Air India and Vistara also deploy these planes but they are powered by CFM engines.
As for the aviation ministry, the experts have said that the government should take more stringent action by ordering a grounding of the entire fleet of A320neos with P&W engines until the glitches are not fixed. Soon after another incident of mid-air engine glitch in an IndiGo flight between Chennai and Kolkata, aviation secretary RN Choubey told PTI, “we have taken serious note and we will review it on Tuesday.”
To recall, only a few days back, an IndiGo flight had faced mid-air engine glitch with “loud bang and sparks”. The sources had also reported about heavy vibrations of the engine.