IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes

IndiGo grounds five A320 neo planes

IndiGo Airlines. Reuters file photo

Budget carrier IndiGo today grounded five A320 neo aircraft due to issues with Pratt & Whitney engines, according to sources.

Without specifying the number of planes, an IndiGo spokesperson confirmed that "a few A320 neos have been taken out of service pro-actively and await spare engines from Pratt & Whitney".

Since the induction of A320 neo planes powered by P&W engines in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing engine issues and has grounded some of these aircraft on earlier occasions also. The problems varied from mid-air engine shut downs to oil chip detection. "IndiGo has grounded five of its A320neo aircraft due to P&W issues.

These aircraft are currently grounded at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport," a source said. Another source said the five aircraft were grounded today. "The release of additional spare engines has been initiated by P&W so that all aircraft are expected to be back in service in the second half of August," the spokesperson said in a statement.

However, the spokesperson did not mention whether flight services have been disrupted due to the grounding of five planes.