New Delhi, April 16: The 14 A320 Neo airplanes of both IndiGo and GoAir which were grounded because of safety reason in the past couple of months, are now back into operation. The Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine-powered Airbus had been grounded on the order of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in the month of March citing safety concerns. Both the IndiGo and GoAir planes had been fitted with faulty P&W 1100 engines. The incident came into the notice of DGCA after an IndiGo flight bound for Lucknow returned to Ahmedabad within 40 minutes of take-off due to engine failure,
There were a few complaints in the month of February related to the faulty engines and hence the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) had issued a directive in February on A320 Neo fleet to be grounded worldwide until they were being repaired.
Since the grounding of the aircraft, IndiGo cancelled at least 776 flights between March and April while GoAir cancelled as many as 336 flights during the period of one month. Officials of both IndiGo and GoAir said that the faulty engines had been replaced and there were no glitches. They added that all the planes were back in action and were flying high.
It is this month itself when the government had informed the Parliament that 11 of the 14 A320 Neo aircraft which had been grounded had started flying again after change of engine. Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said,”As of now, 11 of the 14 grounded aircraft have started flying after changing the engines,” in a written statement in the Lok Sabha on April 5.
Of these 14 planes, 11 were of IndiGo and three of the Wadia group-promoted GoAir.
Meanwhile, Pratt & Whitney released a statement saying said it is working closely with customers to make minimal disruption and has also begun to deliver engines with the upgraded configuration.