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P&W grounded jets will be back in operation by April, says President Robert F. Leduc

P&W grounded jets will be back in operation by April, says President Robert F. Leduc

P&W grounded jets will be back in operation by April, says President Robert F. Leduc
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By CNBCTV18.COMMar 19, 2018 6:50:13 AM IST (Published)

P&W chief assured that the company was back in production and that it would be reworking the engines.

After a series of engine failures and grounding of aircraft functioning on Pratt & Whitney engines, P&W President Robert F. Leduc has now come out saying that the grounded aircraft owned by IndiGo and GoAir will be back in operation by April-end.

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The statement comes after Directorate General of Civil Aviation, on March 12, directed IndiGo and GoAir to ground as many as 11 A320neo aircraft due to safety issues with P&W engines.
Leduc was quoted saying as,  "We're disappointed with that decision, but I can tell you that by the end of April, that fleet will be back up in the air flying in India".
P&W chief assured that the company was back in production and that it would be reworking the engines.
Of the 11 grounded aircraft, IndiGo owns eight, whereas, three were operated by GoAir.
 
The DGCA was quoted saying as, “Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory."
India's largest airline, IndiGo has been facing major issues with Pratt and Whitney engines with replacement of 69 engines in mere 18 months.
Earlier this year, a warning was issued by the European Aviation Safety Agency raising 'serious safety issues' with Pratt engines which could have been the reason behind the in-flight shutdowns.
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