Low fare carrier GoAir will have to cancel close to 50 daily flights including tointernational destinations such as Singaoire and Kuwait, as it continues to face problems with the Pratt and Whitney engines powering its Airbus A320 Neo planes.The airline has grounded at least seven of it’s the 49 planes in its fleet, said the person.One plane on average does eight to nine daily domestic flights on average.
In a statement earlier in the day GoAir said the gap in capacity will continue at least tillMarch 9, as there is a lag in delivery of new planes.“In the last four weeks, we have gone through unplanned grounding of aircraft, which weresupporting our current operation of fleet. And now, we have been informed by ourbusiness partners Airbus and Pratt and Whitney of their inability to deliver previouslypromised aircraft and engines through March 9, 2020 that are required to support ourcurrent growth,” said a statement from the airline.
“As a result, we have been forced to temporarily suspend certain flights that are part of our network, schedule and open for sale,” thespokesperson said, adding the suspensions have been undertaken long ahead of schedule.GoAir has about 30 Neo planes and has ordered a total of 144 planes all to be powered by the Pratt and Whitney GTF engines. It placedthe latest order in November last year.The engines have faced continued glitches since February 2016 leading to flight disruptions and impact to capacity addition. IndiGo andGoAir are two of the world’s leading customers for the engines.
In June last year, IndiGo shifted to CFM engines placing a $20 billion order for them.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s aviation regulator, has ordered IndiGo to modify PW engines on itsaircraft powered by them.
SOURCE: THE ECONOMIC TIMES