Airbus Identifies New Engine Problem on the A320neo Family

Andrew Cummings
February 10, 2018

No-frills airline IndiGo has grounded three Airbus A320 neo aircraft due to engine problems, according to a senior official at aviation regulator DGCA.

According to the European Aviation Safety Agency, it was aware of "several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown" and other in-service events with the engine on the A320neo, Airbus's best-selling plane. The matter came to light on Friday when the EASA issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) for A320neo planes fitted with PW1100G-JM engines having a particular serial number.

"We have identified the potentially affected engines and communicated with our customers".

Confirming the development, an IndiGo spokesperson said: "As soon as IndiGo learnt of these developments, IndiGo had proactively withdrawn the three A320neo aircraft from service w.e.f. 9th of February".

In a statement issued on Saturday, IndiGo confirmed that there are some issues with the engine of the said aircraft and keeping the safety as top priority, it has decided not to fly these three aircrafts.

"The efforts of both companies are directed to support customers and operators to minimise any disruption", Airbus says, referring to itself and P&W.

"Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights". It is also said extended-range, twin-engine operations (ETOPS) can online be performed with two unaffected engines.

The restrictions cover jets with two engines from the same affected batch - effectively grounding those jets.

About 113 Pratt & Whitney engines now equip the A320neo family of aircraft, which are used by 18 customers. Eleven planes are now, according to the source, grounded the time to change the engines.

P&W had resolved both of those problems in the fourth quarter a year ago, parent company United Technologies reported last month.

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