Engine problems slow down Go Air
New Delhi - In October, the Indian domestic airline operator Go Air was willing to start international routes. But problems with engines and pending permits delay the start.
In August, the Indian company Go Air announced that it would also offer international flights starting in October, first with destinations in Asia. The airline had received permission to fly to Iran, China, Vietnam, the Maldives, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. But the start is delayed.
It was due to the late deliveries of Airbus A320 Neo and problems with the engines of Pratt & Whitney, said an unnamed Go Air executive to the Times of India.
We should hopefully be able to take overseas flights in the first quarter of the next year,said the executive. Previously, Go Air, like Indigo, was forced to keep planes on the ground due to some engine problems.
However, the airlines had received 20 new engines in October from P & W to replace the old engines,the newspaper said.
Another anonymous Go Air executive told the newspaper that they are now waiting for further approvals and permits for the start of international routes.
First destinations could then be Doha, Phuket, and Male,he said.
Last week, Go Air announced that its A320 family fleet would grow to 31 aircraft with the inclusion of four new Neos. At the Farnborough Air Show in July 2016, Go Air amended its previous order of 72 A320 Neo for another type of aircraft from Airbus with a letter of intent.
The fact that there are so many problems with the A320 Neo engines, especially in India,said Fabrice Bregier, president and Chief Operating Officer of Airbus.
Flying over India puts a heavy strain on the engines,adds Bregier. By that he meant the meteorological and atmospheric conditions.
The difficulties started with the fact that the P & W engines did not do what they promised, especially due to technical and software problems, especially in hot locations.