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InterGlobe Aviation down as company cancels 47 flights

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Nellie Chapman | 13 March, 2018, 09:44

The Gurugram-based IndiGo cancelled 47 of its 1,000-odd flights per day, the Wadia Group-promoted GoAir said it had cancelled 18 flights. DGCA figures show that there have been 69 Neo engine failures as of September 15.

Pratt had proposed a fix that would see at least one engine featuring an older seal reinstated on planes while it worked on a more permanent solution.

Technological advances in multi-engine aircraft over three decades had made engine failure a rare occurrence, with only about 25 failures worldwide a year.

India unilaterally grounded all Airbus SE narrow-body planes powered by the latest Pratt & Whitney engines after a series of in-flight incidents prompted the local regulator to question the safety of the aircraft.

The grounding follows the emergency landing of an IndiGo A320neo in in Ahmedabad on a service from Lucknow on 12 March. The grounded aircraft include 8 IndiGo and 3 GoAir planes.

A senior DGCA official said 8 aircraft of IndiGo would be grounded. By evening, A320neos were grounded in airports across the country, as thousands of passengers braced for delays and cancellations.

IndiGo released a statement yesterday on the DGCA's decision saying, "We are in receipt of the communication from the DGCA and we shall promptly comply with the directions of the DGCA". Last Friday, the court asked the DGCA to file a reply.

With this, all the A320neo aircraft with PW1100 engines beyond serial number 450 have been taken off operation in India. Upon implementation of the directive, IndiGo shall have a total of nine A320neo aircraft on ground. IndiGo carries about 40 percent of domestic flyers, while GoAir has a market share of around 10 per cent. The three grounded A320neos make for 9% of its fleet. The unilateral action is at odds with the European Aviation Safety Agency, the primary regulator for Airbus planes, which repeated guidance that the jets are safe if they have a single affected turbine.

A successor of the A320 family, the Airbus A320 neo is passenger aircraft that comprises four narrow-bodied aircraft variants: A318neo, A319neo, A320neo and A321neo. "This condition, if not corrected, could lead to dual engine shutdown".