Kingfisher airlines hit by engine trouble in Airbus aircraft

Confirming the development, an airline spokesperson said three of the grounded planes would be re-entering service over the next two weeks once their engines were overhauled.

"Some IAE-V2500 engines fitted on the narrow-body fleet of Kingfisher Airlines have experienced technical issues with the High Pressure Compressor stage 3-8 drum assembly, amongst other things," the spokesperson said, adding the airline placed the safety of its passengers, crew and aircraft above everything else.

An official said the airline was maintaining its flight schedules by reducing capacity and rationalising its route network, including clubbing of flights.
"The grounding has not been done out of the blue, It was a planned one. So, we carried out suitable changes in the schedule so that the passengers are not affected," the airline official said.

As per air safety rules, all aircraft have to undergo a scheduled maintenance checks and inspection at a frequent intervals.
Kingfisher has a total of 66 planes, of which 34 Airbus A-320 family of planes, are powered by the same engines produced by the IAE (International Aero Engines).

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