IndiGo will have to ground 11 Airbus A-320 neo while GoAir will have to ground three such aircraft powered by certain Pratt and Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flight.
India's airline regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Monday grounded 11 A320 neo aircrafts in view of the occurrences of aborted takeoffs and in-flight shutdowns. According to statement released by IndiGo, upon implementation of directive & necessary engine swaps, the airlines shall have three additional i.e. total of six A320neo aircraft on the ground.
The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport. That's not acceptable, according to the Indian regulator, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage".
DGCA said there had been three such incidents in 2018 - two involving IndiGo and one with an GoAir aircraft. It and GoAir said they'd complied with the DGCA directive.
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The DGCA also asked both airlines to not refit these engines (PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450) which are part of their inventory as spares).
A GoAir spokesperson said they have received the DGCA directive for immediate grounding of all late serial number PW GTF engines.
DGCA said it has not got a "firm commitment" from the United States engine manufacturer on addressing fresh safety concerns, which forced it to ground the fleet. "We are working to mitigate the AOG (aircraft on ground) situation by the end of the second quarter". GoAir has 13 such planes. The affected passengers would be accommodated on other flights on our network. We have complied immediately. "We are altering flight schedules and communicating the same to those affected by the last minute changes; we are making all possible arrangements to minimise the impact", a GoAir spokesperson said.