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12 February 2018, 09:30 | Regina Holmes
The passengers have also been given choice of full refund as well said IndiGo
Airbus brought the issue to the European aviation agency's attention, a spokesperson said, and the company has outlined safety recommendations for airlines until Pratt & Whitney can fix or replace the engines.
This is the second occasion when the airline has been forced to ground planes on account of P&W engine problems. "We have three aircraft with the particular engine configuration, which have been flagged by EASA", IndiGo said in a release.
Airbus has suffered missteps with its latest aircraft, ranging from delays for the A350 stemming from seat glitches to engine issues afflicting its upgraded A320neo and A330neo models.
Airbus SE halted all deliveries of its best-selling aircraft, the A320neo narrow-body jets featuring the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G geared-turbofan engine, after the European Aviation Safety Agency issued an emergency airworthiness directive (AD) warning of potential in-flight engine failure. At least four scheduled flights have been cancelled and at least six have been delayed.
The EASA said that "several occurrences of inflight shutdown and rejected takeoff have been reported on certain" A320neo-family aircraft powered by GTF engines.
According to a statement released by the airline, IndiGo has withdrawn three A320 neo aircraft from service, effectively from February 9, 2018, due to the engine problems. Airbus has issued an Alert Operators Transmission (AOT) providing instructions "to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue [ETOPS] for aircraft fitted with affected engines", according to EASA.
"We have identified the potentially affected engines and communicated with our customers", the Pratt spokesperson said.
More turbines at both Airbus and Pratt facilities were affected, they said.
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