MUMBAI: American engine-maker Pratt & Whitney has started supplying new engines to its largest customer in the country, IndiGo, helping it put back into operations some of the grounded A320 Neo planes.
The Gurgaon-based airline has taken off the ground two A320 Neos after it has received two new engines from P&W this month and more such grounded aircraft are expected to resume flying soon as it expects new engine deliveries to improve, official sources said, reports PTI.
Recurring engine glitches have forced the airline to ground nine of its A320 Neos and cancel over 600 flights between late June and early July. The airline currently has 140 A320s, of which 23 are P&W engine-powered A320 Neos.
“Pratt & Whitney (P&W) has supplied two new engines to IndiGo, following which two of its eight grounded A320 Noes have resumed flight,” a source told here.
Queries sent to both IndiGo and P&W seeking confirmation on the issue remained unanswered.
The largest airline had taken off nine A320 Neos from its fleet in the June quarter owing to engine issues. However, one of these planes was made operational later. As of today, only six A320 Neos are grounded, said another source in the civil aviation authority.
Indigo had cancelled 667 flights in 13 days between June 21 and July 3 due to grounding of some planes. While 504 flights were cancelled between June 21 and June 30, the remaining 163 were cancelled on the first three days of July.
The new engines have been delivered to IndiGo after the regulator DGCA asked P&W last month to expedite new engine supplies following the grounding of these planes by the two budget carriers-IndiGo and GoAir.
The Wadia group-run GoAir has also grounded three of its five A320 Neos due to engine issues.