In a breather to GoAir and IndiGo, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has prolonged the deadline for the 2 airways to replace all of the 60 unmodified Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines on their A320neo planes by three months. .
The earlier deadline to replace these engines was May 31, nonetheless, neither of them have been ready to accomplish that. “About 60 engines are yet to be replaced by the two airlines combined. The obvious reason was Covid-19 impact and the resultant lockdowns,” mentioned the official requesting anonymity.
The pandemic has not solely impacted the Indian civil aviation business however, the worldwide aviation business, too. The lockdown in India has made it tough for airways to adhere to these deadlines, thus, “We took a call couple of days back and instructed both the Airlines,” the individual added.
“Supply chains and production lines all got impacted and in turn disturbed the process. Keeping all this in view, we have extended the deadline by 3 months; up to August 31,” mentioned the individual.
GoAir has, alternatively, resumed partial operations from June 1. On Monday, the airline began off with 24 flights together with three from Mumbai.
IndiGo has 106 PW powered A320Neo planes in its fleet whereas GoAir has 43 of them. Also, “we have instructed the respective airline that for the current times, aircraft with both engines, modified should be flown and this should not be difficult as the curtailed operations are likely to last for some more time.”
Currently, IndiGo is operation solely 200 flights out of 1500, utilizing solely plane whereby engines have been modified. “We had about 60 per cent aircraft with modified engines by February 2020. So pretty good as of now to operate from that fleet,” mentioned a supply talking about IndiGo.
Both IndiGo and GoAir remained unavailable to remark
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