The A320neo operations of IndiGo and GoAir may start running smoothly very soon as Pratt & Whitney plans to upgrade all of its engines in the A320neo fleet of Indian carriers by the first part of 2019, the company told CNBC-TV18.
“We continue to work closely with our A320neo operators in India to support their operations while upgrading the fleet to the latest configuration. More than 95 percent of the fleet in India have completed the retrofit; we expect 100 percent completion in the first part of 2019,” the Connecticut-based company said in an e-mailed response to a set of queries.
The incorporation of hardware and software upgrades are providing significant improvements in engine reliability and time on wing, the engine maker said.
The company has been in the spotlight in the Indian aviation space since 2016 when India’s largest airline IndiGo started facing delivery delays in A320neo aircraft amid issues related to cooling down and start-up time of the engine, reliability, combustion chamber lining, oil seal and fan blades.
In fact, last year India’s aviation regulator DGCA grounded as many as 14 Airbus A320neos following warning of a potential in-flight shutdown in a sub-category of its Pratt & Whitney engines.
This year, the company along with other stakeholders found themselves in a tense situation again when the civil aviation ministry called for a review meeting of A320neos following a series of engine glitches resulting in in-flight shutdown or engine failure in some cases.
10/01/18 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18