Pratt & Whitney Issues About To Hit India’s IndiGo

Pratt & Whitney Issues About To Hit India's IndiGo
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It looks like the Pratt & Whitney issues are about to hit India-based carrier IndiGo, as they confirm they are working with the manufacturer on engine problems.

The report from Reuters states that both sides are working together to see whether any of the fleet will be impacted from the ongoing issues that caused the bankruptcy of Go First.

“We are working closely with P&W to assess and minimise any potential impact to our fleet”, InterGlobe, the parent of IndiGo said in a statement.

How Will This Affect India-based IndiGo?

Pratt & Whitney Issues About To Hit India's IndiGo
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For India-based IndiGo, this could have the potential to affect the airline on a larger scale than Go First due to the high number of Airbus A320neo & A321neo aircraft in the fleet.

Go First blamed Pratt & Whitney for their bankruptcy, with the engine supplier stating that there is no evidence to support this.

IndiGo has around 480 jets still on order and are yet to be delivered, with many taking them to the end of the decade.

If there is substantial impact to the IndiGo fleet, then this could cause widescale disruption if aircraft are needing to come out of service for important maintenance.

It is understood that the issue is around a rare condition which affects the powdered metal in 1,200 of more than 3,000 engines built between 2015 and 2021.

Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see how this will affect the Airbus aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney engines within India, as this is potentially set to cause some chaos to timetables and operations moving forward.

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