Is IndiGo flying defective planes on Srinagar air-route?

Gladys Abbott
March 20, 2018

This is the fourth incident in last 24 hours where an IndiGo Neo plane has been temporarily grounded due to a technical snag. A Mumbai bound flight 6E 439 from Kochi had to reject take-off due to issues in its engine.

Of the 11, eight are operated by IndiGo while GoAir operates three, the DGCA said in a statement.

"The aircraft was to operate flight 6e 559 to Srinagar from Jammu but was grounded due to fuel leak from engine 1 after which the plane was grounded", New Delhi based Economic Times reported.

The latest aircraft to be grounded by IndiGo did not face the "knife edge seal" issue that forced the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to ground 14 Airbus A320neo aircraft, powered by faulty Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines in the past two months, one person aware of the matter said, requesting anonymity.

Curently, in India, the A320Neo engines are used by Air India, Indigo, Vistara and GoAir on domestic route. IndiGo, which has a fleet of 45 Airbus A320 Neo jets, has now grounded 12 such aircraft. The aircraft had taken off from Ahmedabad for Lucknow but had to return because of the snag.

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IndiGo and GoAir had to cancel several flights as nearly a third of their A320 Neo aircraft fleet remained grounded for the third day following a safety directive by the aviation regulator DGCA last week. Both IndiGo and GoAir have been directed not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory.

According to monthly air traffic data released by the DGCA on Monday, during the month of February alone, 37,964 IndiGo passengers were affected due to flight cancellations, compared with 55,838 passengers affected due to flight cancellations in the 13-month period ended January 2018. Now it flies foreign destinations only in West Asia and South-east Asia.

The grounding of the above two flights came after, when on Sunday, Indigo revealed that A320 Neo aircraft which operated on the Bengaluru-Delhi route was withdrawn in Delhi for maintenance check, as detect was reported in it.

The aircraft company will conduct checks and take actions as required as is the usual practice while delivering new airplanes. It caused disruption in airline operations.

Indigo now has 32 A320neo aircraft in its fleet, 12 of which are now grounded. The deal is for LEAP-1B engines to power a total of 155 Boeing 737 MAX planes.

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