New Engine Glitch Prompts Airbus A320neo Delivery Delays
Another glitch causing in-flight shutdowns of the Pratt and Whitney engines that power the Airbus A320neo has provoked a few airlines to put off Delivery of the aircraft, the aviation giant said Saturday.
We are in dialogs with the airlines and reacting on a case-by-case premise, an Airbus spokesperson told AFP.
Some have chosen to put off their Delivery and others have not.
The European aircraft manufacturer and Pratt and Whitney said late Friday that another issue had developed with the Geared Turbo Fan (GTF) engine whose reason was still under investigation.
A year ago, different issues with the GTF engine additionally caused delays in in deliveries of the twin-engine A320neo, a more fuel-efficient variant of the Airbus organization’s best-selling airliner.
On Friday, Europe’s air wellbeing expert EASA issued an emergency airworthiness directive saying that several occurrences of inflight shutdown and rejected departure have been reported with the single-aisle aircraft.
It warned that potentially the two engines could close down at the same time. An industry source said 11 A320neos have been grounded to replace the engines.
A total of 113 planes in the A320neo family, utilized by 18 airlines, are currently in service that are furnished with the engines. Airbus additionally utilizes LEAP engines co-delivered by General Electric and Safran on the planes.