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Engine issues wont affect deliveries of A320neo jets
Airbus CEO Tom Enders and Indian minister of civil aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Airbus India Training Centre in New Delhi on Friday. Airbus says the greenfield training facility at Aerocity is meant to support India's growing need for Airbus aircraft pilots and maintenance engineers.

New Delhi - India steps up inspections, but sees no immediate safety issues

By Reuters

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Published: Fri 17 Mar 2017, 5:51 PM

Last updated: Wed 22 Mar 2017, 4:51 PM

Airbus does not expect deliveries of its A320neo jets to be significantly affected by recent problems with the Pratt and Whitney engines, CEO Tom Enders said on Friday.
Enders said that while issues with the engines were "unfortunate" they were teething troubles and Airbus was working with the airlines, the engine maker and government and safety authorities to resolve them.
"I do not see that over time this will largely impact our delivery schedule," Enders told reporters at an Airbus event in New Delhi.
Airbus began rolling out the A320neo jets in January last year and has delivered about 70 to customers worldwide so far - the bulk of them to Indian carriers IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, and privately-owned GoAir.
India has stepped up inspections of A320neo planes fitted with Pratt and Whitney engines but sees no immediate safety issues, a senior government official said on Friday. The move follows at least two incidents at IndiGo and GoAir involving A320neo aircraft, which India's aviation regulator is investigating separately.
"Inspections are now required at earlier frequency... The quicker examinations will ensure complete safety of the flying operations," R.N. Choubey, secretary at the ministry of civil aviation told Reuters on the sidelines of the Airbus event. Two GoAir A320neo planes made emergency landings following technical issues last month, and in January an IndiGo flight was aborted after one of the plane's Pratt and Whitney engines developed a fault while accelerating for take-off.
Pratt and Whitney, a unit of United Technologies, has told Indian officials it is looking into the issues and any technological improvements, if required, will be communicated and carried out, Choubey said. The Indian regulator has also asked airlines to inspect Pratt and Whitney engines more frequently and ordered them not to fly A320neo aircraft if metal chip particles are detected in the jet's engine oil - one of the common issues the engines have faced.
Only a small part of IndiGo and GoAir's fleets are A320neo planes, but the numbers are set to grow rapidly as IndiGo has ordered 430 of the jets and GoAir is set to add more than 100. IndiGo's chief financial officer Rohit Philip told reporters on Friday that there was no financial impact yet from problems with the Pratt and Whitney engines fitted on its A320neo aircraft.
Philip said that 180 of its order of A320neo jets will have Pratt and Whitney engines, but it is still considering the choice of engine for the remaining 250.

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