IndiGo Forced To Cancel 47 Domestic Flights As DGCA Grounds A320Neo Aircrafts

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The DGCA decision to ground certain A320 neo aircraft with faulty engines is "only for passenger safety", Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu said today and expressed hope that airlines would restore the flights as soon as possible.

GoAir spokesperson released a statement say-ing, "GoAir has received the directive from the DGCA for immediate grounding of all late serial number PW GTF engines".

Indian airlines have hundreds of A320neo planes on order but they, among other carriers, are facing delivery delays due to problems with the engines.

In less than three weeks, there have been as many incidents of in-flight shut down of A320 neos fitted with one P&W 1100 engine.

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State-run Air India and Vistara, the local affiliate of Singapore Airlines Ltd., also fly the A320neo, but those are powered by CFM engines, made by a joint venture between General Electric Co. and France's Safran Aircraft Engines SAS.

In an emailed statement to Bloomberg, the company said that it was working with its clients so that there is no disruption in operations and has already started delivering engines with the "upgraded configuration".

On Monday, hundreds of passengers were stranded across the country as dozens of flights were cancelled by IndiGo and GoAir following the grounding of 11 planes. The aircraft "experienced [a] technical glitch with its Number 2 engine", says the carrier. That's not acceptable, according to the DGCA, which said the manufacturer had "no concrete proposal in place at this stage". These were: GoAir A-320 Neo (VT-WGB) after take-off from Leh on February 24; IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITJ) after take-off from Mumbai on March 5 and IndiGo A-320 Neo (VT-ITA) after take-off from Ahmedabad on March 12.

DGCA directions are issued in the interest of safety. Indigo is both the largest current operator of the A320neo and the No. 1 customer.

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