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GoAir suspends some flights on delay in aircraft, engine deliveries

"Now, we have been informed by our business partners Airbus and Pratt & Whitney of their inability to deliver previously promised aircraft and engines through March 9, 2020, that are required to support our current growth. As a result, we have been forced to temporarily suspend certain flights that are part of our network," GoAir said in a statement.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020, 06.02 PM IST
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Currently, GoAir operates more than 325 daily flights and has around 60 planes in its fleet.
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MUMBAI: Low fare carrier GoAir will have to cancel close to 50 daily flights including to international destinations such as Singaoire and Kuwait, as it continues to face problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines powering its Airbus A320 Neo planes, said a person in the know.

The airline has grounded at least seven of it’s the 49 planes in its fleet, said the person. One plane on average does 8-9 daily domestic flights on average.

In a statement earlier in the day GoAir said the gap in capacity will continue at least till March 9, as there is a lag in delivery of new planes.

“In the last four weeks, we have gone through unplanned grounding of aircraft, which were supporting our current operation of fleet. And now, we have been informed by our business partners Airbus and Pratt & Whitney of their inability to deliver previously promised aircraft and engines through 9th March 2020 that are required to support our current growth,”said a statement from the airline.

“As a result, we have been forced to temporarily suspend certain flights that are part of our network, schedule and open for sale,” the spokesperson said, adding the suspensions have been undertaken long ahead of schedule.

GoAir has about 30 Neo planes and has ordered a total of 144 planes all to be powered by the Pratt & Whitney GTF engines. It placed the latest order in November last year.

The engines have faced continued glitches since February 2016 leading to flight disruptions and impact to capacity addition. IndiGo and GoAir are two of the world’s leading customers for the engines.

In June last year, IndiGo shifted to CFM engines placing a $20 billion order for them.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s aviation regultor, has ordered IndiGo to modify PW engines on its aircraft powered by them.

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