Two IndiGo Aircraft Grounded after Engine Problems During Take-off

Yet another IndiGo flight grounded in Delhi

The plan to strengthen the existing fleet with more fuel-efficient aircraft but slipping into performance-related issues leading to embarrassment on account of plane groundings and flight cancellations reads like a chronology of recent events of two airlines in India - IndiGo and GoAir.

Low-priced carrier IndiGo has grounded an Airbus A320 Neo (New Engine Option) aircraft after five of its jets experienced engine problems on Sunday. Both these aircraft were immediately withdrawn for rectification and are now back in the sky, it added. "During the maintenance check, metal chips were observed on #1 Engine, #3 Bearing Chip detector which is a known concern on the Neo engine".

Responding to the incident of hydraulic leakage, the airline, in a separate statement, said, "A320neo aircraft that operated Delhi-Srinagar was cleared after maintenance checks upon arrival at Srinagar airport". However, during engine start, the pilot-in-command observed a hydraulic (not oil) leakage from engine 2.

As per the detailed flight schedule submitted to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), a PTI report highlighted that, Indigo would not operate 36 daily flights between March 15 and March 21.

United Technologies told IBD it would not comment beyond public statements made at the annual investor day last Friday, when Pratt & Whitney President Bob Leduc said "by the end of April, that fleet will be back up ... flying in India". The number of flights cancelled between March 25 and March 31 stands at 16 per day, the airline indicated.

There are a few worldwide flights from Muscat and to Sharjah that have been cancelled as well. This caused a reduced capacity for the airlines forcing them to cancel flights. Now all 14 A320neos in India with engines bearing serial number 450 and beyond are grounded.

As far as market share is concerned, IndiGo continued to dominate in February with a 39.9% share.

The aircraft belonged to Airbus' A320neo old series engine, which have been in the news for glitches in a particular new series of engines.

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