New Delhi, India - On Aug 28, the Indian civil aviation regulator DGCA has made a call for an urgent meeting with India's largest low-cost carriers IndiGo and GoAir.
The call is reportedly for the recent engine failures of these airlines' Airbus A320neos powered by PW1000G geared turbofans.
An urgent meeting with GoAir and IndiGo airlines has been called to review the performance of Airbus A320neos in their fleets,
said the DGCA in a Twitter post on Aug. 28.
According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India, the A320neos of IndiGo and GoAir were temporarily grounded in the past several months due to the glitches faced by the engines of these planes.
The number of reported engine failures with these planes has already exceeded thirty since June, an anonymous source told a local newspaper.
With 430 orders, IndiGo is the world’s largest A320neo customer. Country's another large low-cost operator GoAir also has 144 orders in its order book with Airbus. IndiGo currently operates 92 A320neo while GoAir operates 36 aircraft of the same type.
DGCA had temporarily grounded A320neo operations in early 2018 because of the frequent PW1100G failures.
Early this year, the Indian regulator issued further directives for both airlines including weekly inspection of the engines.
The regulator also proceeded restrictions for ETOPS of the A320neos that were equipped with Pratt & Whitney's geared turbofans.
On June 17, Indigo announced that it ordered jet engines of $20 billion from CFM International to power 280 Airbus A320neo and A321neo.
The airline is moving away from Pratt & Whitney (P&W) after a series of glitches that caused temporary groundings of its A320neos and delivery delays from the manufacturer.