Airbus stops accepting PW1100G engines for A320neo aircraft


A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that EASA on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.

A spokesman of the company said: "it is in discussions with customers about delivery schedules" on a case-by-case basis.

The issue is the latest in a string of problems that have bedeviled the GTF program.

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EASA says several occurrences of engine IFSD and RTO have been reported on certain Airbus A320neo family aircraft, the A320neo and the larger A321neo.

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.

"Following a problem identified on a limited number of recently delivered Pratt & Whitney GTF engines involving the rear hub of the high-pressure compressor rotor, Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are reviewing the situation", writes the aircraft manufacturer with no further precision. At least four scheduled flights have been cancelled and at least six have been delayed.

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A European safety bulletin, effectively grounding aircraft that have already been delivered with two engines from the same suspect batch, affects about 15-20 aircraft already in service, they said.

In a statement issued on Saturday, IndiGo confirmed that there are some issues with the engine of the said aircraft and keeping the safety as top priority, it has decided not to fly these three aircrafts.

"As a precaution, aircraft with these engines will be addressed in a manner consistent with the operational instructions issued by Airbus, and coordinated between Airbus and Pratt & Whitney as needed".

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