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IndiGo says 12 planes grounded due to engine shortages

IndiGo says 12 planes grounded due to engine shortages

"Our schedule was planned in the month of June itself pertaining to non-availability of these aircraft for the month of July, August and September", the airline said in another statement.

"This is to clarify that our 8 Airbus A320neo planes are grounded (due to engine issues). The affected passengers have already been accommodated with suitable options", the company told ANI.

Budget-carrier Indigo on Friday dismissed media reports claiming that the airline had cancelled 84 flights following engine failures in its Airbus A320 New Engine Operation aircraft.

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IndiGo had to cancel around 60 flights on its domestic network as a result of the snag in its Pratt & Whitney engine on its A320neo planes, sources said.

The report further added that a total of 667 flights were cancelled by IndiGo between 21 June and 3 July in 2017, with 61 flights cancelled on 27 June alone, due to the grounding of these planes. We are awaiting certain clarifications post the implementation of GST. IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, said only eight had been grounded and did not say why.

India's biggest airline IndiGo said on Friday it had been forced to ground 12 Airbus jets because of delays in getting new Pratt and Whitney-made engines and uncertainty around a new Indian sales tax.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation conducted a meeting with the manufacturer in July and asked them to fix the snags - bearing and combustion chamber faults in its PW1100 engines.

"These are already factored in our revised schedule which was finalised in June and there are no additional flight cancellations on account of these NEOs", the statement added. Under the assumption that we receive sufficient number of spares we hope to see significantly reduced operational disruptions in the next few months.

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