Airbus stalls amid P&W engine failure

IndiGo flight. File

IndiGo flight. File

Soon it emerged that Airbus was halting deliveries of Pratt-equipped models, including to the plane's biggest customer, India's IndiGo.

On Friday, Europe's air safety authority EASA issued an "emergency airworthiness directive" saying that "several occurrences of inflight shutdown and rejected take-off have been reported" with the single-aisle aircraft. According to the filing, IndiGo would continue to add A320 ceo and ATR aircraft to its fleet.

This issue is isolated to a limited subpopulation of engines.

Airbus suspended some deliveries of its A320neo jet following a problem with the engines on IndiGo, the Indian low-priced airline that is the plane's biggest customer.

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that IndiGo operates a fleet of 157 aircraft, comprising 122 A320ceos, 32 A320neos and three ATR 72-600s.

Following this problem, IndiGo has already grounded three A320 neo planes that are powered by P&W engines.

February 09-Airbus warned Friday that Pratt & Whitney engines on some of its A320neo jets have another problem, and European air safety officials issued emergency restrictions, the Wall Street Journal reported online Friday.

The East Hartford manufacturer also said it will join Airbus to present regulators this week with a plan to fix the problem. Currently, in India, 45 Airbus A320neo powered by the PW1100G-JM geared-turbofan (GTF) engines are being operated by IndiGo and GoAir.

The problem stems from a component in the engine that can show early signs of wear, and it's located in an area that must withstand high pressure, an Airbus spokesperson said. Fellow Dow stock General Electric (GE), which makes the rival Leap engine, climbed 3.4%, though the Leap has run into its own production problems. The regulator said Friday that operators with planes using two affected engines must stop flying them within three flight cycles.

The development comes days after budget passenger carrier IndiGo said that it has "withdrawn" three of its A320neo aircraft from service after "receiving" precautionary recommendations from European Aviation Safety Agency on a particular engine type which powers these planes.

Airbus has also issued an alert for providing instructions to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue extended-range twin-engine operations for aircraft fitted with affected engines.

A statement from Pratt and Whitney said that with the support of Airbus, it was in close contact with customers to address the results of a recent finding.

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