India grounds Pratt-powered A320neos

IndiGo continues to operate with curtailed schedule cancels 42 flights

IndiGo continues to operate with curtailed schedule cancels 42 flights

The companies affected InterGlobe Aviation-run low-priced airline IndiGo was the first customer of the Airbus A320neo planes, which promises about 15% fuel savings because of new-generation engines ('neo" stands for "new-generation options').

The DGCA's decision comes in the wake of a few cases of mid-air engine failure of IndiGo planes since February. "Remaining 31 A320neos with IndiGo and GoAir are fully operational and there is no safety issue with them", DGCA clarified in a statement after the issue led to much trepidation among passengers.

Mumbai: Domestic carrier IndiGo continued to operate with a curtailed schedule for the third day, cancelling 42 flights on Wednesday, after eight of its A320 Neo planes fitted with a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines were grounded by the aviation regulator over safety concerns.

Similarly, flight number 752 leaving Hyderabad at 13.10 PM with scheduled arrival at 14:45 hrs at Bhubaneswar along with flight number 969 with scheduled departure from Bhubaneswar at 15.15 hrs to Hyderabad has been cancelled.

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"The matter is being investigated by the IndiGo Flight Safety team and the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation)".

IndiGo, which operates around 1,000 services daily, said it cancelled less than 5 per cent of its flights today.

The cancellations have a ripple effect on flight fares.

On Tuesday, IndiGo and GoAir had together cancelled 65 flights.

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The other cities that IndiGo has cancelled flights from include Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Guwahati, Indore, Jammu, Ranchi, Bhubaneshwar, Nagpur, Patna, Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Coimbatore and Cochin, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bhubhaneshwar, Kolkata, Lucknow and Delhi, the report added. "Go Air has received the directive from the DGCA for immediate grounding of all late serial number P&W engines".

"We are working around the clock to alleviate the inconvenience caused to our valued customers". But both airlines had said on Tuesday that they were taking measures to minimise inconvenience to the affected passengers. "Safety is the top priority for us at IndiGo", a release issued by the airline said.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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