DGCA, the Indian Aviation regulator, has asked IndiGo and GoAir to fly aircraft only with modified Pratt and Whitney (PW) engines on them, as per the announcement of the Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday.
Puri tweeted on Tuesday, “As another step towards enhancing air safety in our country & leaving nothing to chance, @DGCAIndia has asked @IndiGo6E & @goairlinesindia not to fly any aircraft without both Neo engines modified.”
According to Puri, IndiGo has 134 A320neo and A321neo aircraft on Twitter, and all of them have modified PW engines.
He added GoAir when 46 A320neo aircraft and modified PW engines were placed on 30 of them.
At the beginning of this year, the DGCA asked both airlines – IndiGo and GoAir – to replace unchanged PW engines by May 30th.
The DGCA had said that the unmodified PW motors contained an “unsafe condition that tends to produce undesirable results” and should therefore be dispensed with.
In June, the Directorate-General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the deadline due to the coronavirus pandemic and asked airlines to replace all unmodified PW engines in their aircraft by the end of August.