IndiGo is expected to ground over 30 Airbus aircraft in the fourth quarter due to the continued powder metal issues on the Pratt & Whitney engines.
This is yet another announcement made pertinent to the engines, with Air New Zealand being the latest before that to announce changes to schedules.
Without further ado, let’s get into it…
IndiGo To Ground Over 30 Aircraft Due to Pratt & Whitney Issues…
A statement was released yesterday by IndiGo regarding additional groundings to be made due to the continued issues with Pratt & Whitney engines.
“During our recent Q2 earnings call, IndiGo had already indicated a likely increase in the number of engine removals in Q4 (Jan-Mar24), leading to a higher number of groundings in light of this powder metal issue”, the statement reads.
“Based on this recent information as received, we can reconfirm our given capacity guidance for Q3 (Oct-Dec23). In addition, we also confirm our earlier capacity guidance for the entire FY23-24 “in the North of mid-teens” significantly aided by proactive mitigation measures taken earlier by IndiGo”.
“Going forward, we continue to work with Pratt & Whitney on more information and addressing the situation and implementing mitigation measures to minimise the impact of these AOGs on our capacity in Q4 FY23-24 and beyond”.
Overall, all eyes will be on Pratt & Whitney to see how long it will take to fix all of these engines globally, with this expected to be in a range of 600-700 engines.
All eyes will be on the Indian carrier also to see how they will be able to mitigate this problem, especially with the high growth trajectory they are on currently.
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