India’s leading airline, IndiGo (which uses P&W engines) is one of the victims of the recent announcement by Raytheon Technologies.
IndiGo to remove 10 P&W engines
RTX Corporation or Raytheon Technologies recently announced that PW1100 series engines will need an urgent inspection because of a metal powder used to manufacture some of the engine parts.
IndiGo operates around 140 aircraft with PW1100 engines. RTX Corp says that the metal powder degrades engines quality and lowers the overall life cycle. Same accusation was put by GoFirst on Pratt & Whitney.
The airline will have to remove and change the engines from 5 aircraft by September. 11 aircraft of the airline have been identified for inspection. Among these, IndiGo has already grounded 6 engines due to a lack of spare parts.
RTX Corporation clarified that this defect is in the engines produced between 2015 and 2021, but it will not affect the delivery timeline for new aircraft.
In talks with Pratt & Whitney
IndiGo said that the airline is in talks with the US based engine manufacturer. It said in a statement that it has information from P&W about the latest inspection of the PW1100 series engines. The airline is in continuous talks with P&W to lessen impact on the airline’s fleet.
Pratt & Whitney expects removal of around 200 engines worldwide for enhanced inspection. They will remove an additional 1000 engines in the next 9-12 months.
Hawaiian Airlines also affected
Honolulu based Hawaiian Airlines operates a fleet of 18 Airbus A321 neo powered by PW1100 series engines.
Airline CEO Peter Ingram said that the airline team has already initiated talks with P&W to understand the basic impacts on the Airbus A321 fleet. In upcoming days, maybe the airline will have to cut schedule as a result of this engine inspections.