DCGA extends deadline to August 31st to replace older P&W engines

DGCA instructs IndiGo and GoAir to replace older P&W engines in their fleet with upgraded engines.

Directorate General of Civil Aviation had instructed Indigo and GoAir to replace older Pratt & Whitney, US-based aircraft engine maker which had incurred snags on most of its engines. The engines power Airbus A320neo planes, operated by IndiGo and GoAir, in the country.

“At the moment, we have completed replacement of about 220 engines at IndiGo, which has about 125 P&W-powered A320neo planes (250 engines) in its fleet. We have also replaced 60 of the 86 engines that power GoAir’s A320neo fleet. GoAir has about 43 such planes in its fleet,” said Ashmita Sethi, president and India head at P&W, United Technologies Corporation (India).

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In May, DGCA had extended the deadline for replacing from May-end to August 31st as airlines were unable to implement the directive due to the pandemic lockdown.

“Clearly, India is a high priority market for us. We have continued to support our airline customers, working closely with them and finding innovative solutions (during the lockdown),” Sethi said. P&W India delivered 35-36 engines to airlines during the lockdown, she said.

“We flew in engines from the US using unscheduled charter flights. We also invested in MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) network capabilities and capacities around the world,” Sethi said.

“After ramping up the facility, the plan is to not only serve Indian airlines such as IndiGo and GoAir, but also international airlines that operate P&W’s GTF engines (at Mumbai’s AIESL facility). This will help create MRO sector’s capabilities and capacities in India,” she said.

Most recently, P&W already partnered with Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) for maintenance of its 4056 engine model. These engines power Boeing 747-series aircraft.