Budget carrier IndiGo's cofounder and interim chief executive officer Rahul Bhatia today said he is unhappy with the frequent issues with Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines, which power the airline's Airbus A320 Neo fleet, and hoped for an early resolution.
Since the induction of A320 Neos in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing engine issues and has been forced to ground these aircraft on several occasions.
"The Neos continue to face issues, resulting in parts going out sooner then they should, and we are not happy about the situation," Bhatia said during the post-earnings analysts call today.
Significantly, the airline's net profit in the June quarter nosedived to Rs 28.7 crore, an almost 97 per cent decline over Rs 811 crore in the year-ago period.
Stating that while the US-engine maker and its parent company UTC are working on fixing these issues, Bhatia said, "We remain cautiously optimistic and hope these issues are resolved at the earliest."
Currently, five of its A320 Neos are grounded for want of spare P&W engines. Besides, the airline grounded one more A320 Neo after it was found that the rear of the engine was damaged besides the damage to the turbine blades on its landing in Coimbatore from New Delhi on July 25.
"On July 25, an IndiGo flight operating 6E-396 (Coimbatore-Delhi) was grounded at Coimbatore due to a minor defect observed in the rear section of the engine during ground inspection. There was no effect noted during flight operations. As a precautionary measure, IndiGo kept the aircraft on ground until we have finalised the corrective action with the manufacturer," the airline said in a statement to
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