Friday, 25 May, 2018

Airbus halts A320neo jet deliveries, tests after engine snag

IndiGo Withdraws Three A320 Neo Planes From Service Over Engine Alert The passengers have also been given choice of full refund as well said IndiGo
Freda Brock | 12 February, 2018, 09:32

The agency ordered flight restrictions on planes powered by those engines: jets using two affected engines were ordered to stop flying them within three flight cycles; aircraft with one affected engine are restricted from certain extended-range flights.

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

Airlines with A320neos that have the affected engines will have to ground some of their planes, the Journal said.

The issue is the latest in a string of problems that have bedeviled the GTF program. "IndiGo has only three such affected aircraft", the official said on Saturday.

"We confirm receiving the recommendations by Pratt & Whitney as well as EASA (European Aviation Safety Regulator) with respect to the A320 neo aircraft powered by PW1100G - JM engines".

These displays of unity at the Olympics fill us with hope
The Koreas previously held summits in 2000 and 2007, both hosted in Pyongyang by Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's late father. Only 70 years after the nation split, and despite a common language, the differences between the two halves are vast.

Air safety officials in Europe clamped down on flights by planes powered by affected Pratt & Whitney engines, citing "several occurrences of engine in-flight shutdown", according to the Wall Street Journal. At least four scheduled flights have been cancelled and at least six have been delayed.

"Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights", it said. "The aircraft have been grounded for technical reasons", the spokesperson said.

About 113 Pratt & Whitney engines now equip the A320neo family of aircraft, which are used by 18 customers.

Since entering service in January 2016, Pratt says these engines have more than 500,000 hours of passenger service, and demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard, and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.

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