Air India delays delivery of A320 neo plane

Air India delays delivery of A320 neo plane

Following complications in their engines, India’s national carrier, Air India has delayed the delivery of an A320 neo aircraft, while no-frill carriers have grounded at least eleven. Air India has put off the delivery of at least one A320 neo (new engine option) aircraft following issues with the CFM-manufactured engine.

Air India and Vistara are powered by CFM engines. This delay comes not long after no-frills carriers such as IndiGo and GoAir grounded at least 11 A320 neo aircraft because of complications in the Pratt and Whitney engines – the ones used by these airlines.

The incident is reportedly the first of its kind and does not have specific details shared yet.

“I regret to inform you that CFM does not want to comment,” said a spokesperson for Safran Aircraft Engines. CFM is an equal joint venture between US-based GE and France’s Safran Aircraft Engines. It manufactures LEAP and CFM56 engines for commercial planes.

“We are working closely together with the engine makers and our customers on next deliveries, which are agreed with the customer,” an Airbus spokesperson said in an email statement.

Air India’s aircraft are powered by CFM manufactured LEAP 1-A. Currently, it has eight A320 neo planes in its fleet. The carrier took delivery of the first LEAP-1A- powered A320 neo aircraft earlier this year, and has plans to lease a total of 27 A320 aircraft, including neos.

Air India has a fleet of 112 planes. Commenting on the recent problems faced by A320 neo aircraft operated by IndiGo and GoAir, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that they pose a “safety issue”.

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