GST grounds four IndiGo planes

IndiGo Cancels 84 Flights After Engine Issues Ground 13 Planes

Local media on Friday had reported that 13 planes had been grounded, and that the airline was forced to cancel 84 flights.

The company in an official statement said that the actual number of cancellations were less, and the grounding of the eight Airbus A320 NEO planes was planned in the month of June. It said, "Four of our CEO aircraft are grounded due to the engines being stuck at customs".

Airline says passengers will not be inconvenienced.

It added, "No new flight cancellations have been made". As many as eight NEOS of IndiGo are now grounded due to engine trouble, forcing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights in past few weeks and accommodate passengers on other flights.

The airline added that there was no new development pertaining to the grounding of the Neo aircrafts.

Pratt & Whitney engine issues force IndiGo to cancel 84 flights and ground 13 A320 Neo planes. However, the airline clarified that all its passengers were informed and accommodated accordingly. At present, eight Neos are grounded because of the unavailability of spare engines.

"As mentioned in our June earning's call, there were instances where nine Neos were grounded due to inadequate spare engines". The airline is experiencing operational issues with the A320neo engines due to "premature degradation of the combustor chamber lining and the premature wear of the No. 3 bearing seal".

"There is misleading information being spread by a section of media on IndiGo's flight cancellations", IndiGo President Aditya Ghosh said in its statement.

IndiGo, which flies four in every 10 Indian air passengers, operates around 900 daily flights.

A text message sent to the Director General of Civil Aviation, B S Bhullar, seeking response to a query whether the DGCA was considering grounding of the entire Airbus A320 Neo fleet with Pratt & Whitney engines, did not yield any response.

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