United States of America based Aerospace Engine Manufacturer, Pratt & Whitney has a new problem in its engines. Many engines will have to be removed and inspected.
Pratt & Whitney engines woes
The supply chain issue with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney has created a lot of difficulties for global airlines. Many aircraft have been parked for more than a year. Ranging from Turkish Airlines, Air New Zealand to Air Baltic, most of the airlines are facing this issues. The biggest victim has been India.
P&W’s failure to supply engines has led to the grounding of more than 40 aircraft of leading IndiGo. GoFirst Airways has gone bankrupt because of this. Before grounding operations, the airline had grounded more than 50% of its fleet.
Pratt Whitney engines : New problem?
Pratt & Whitney has found a new problem in its engines, which causes engine parts to wear out quickly before completion of adequate life cycle.
Parent company of Pratt & Whitney RTX Corporation said that a rare condition in powder metal used to manufacture certain parts made in late 2015 and mid 2021 will require inspection.
By the middle of September month, the company will remove and inspect about 200 engines used to power the Airbus A320neo. Pratt & Whitney expects to remove another 1,000 engines in the next 9 to 12 months.
PW1100 engines power the Airbus A320neo.
Who are the customers of PW1100?
Many airlines power their Airbus A320neo fleet with the Pratt & Whitney PW1100 series. This includes IndiGo with 140 such aircraft, Air China with 43, Volaris with 35, Lufthansa with 37, jetBlue with 16, Hawaiian Airlines with 18 and Spirit Airlines with 34 such aircraft.
Will current production be affected?
Raytheon Technologies Chief Operating Officer (COO) Christopher Calio said that this issue will not affect current production of engines. Pratt & Whitney will continue making new engines and spare parts, but the life of parts made between 2015 and 2021 could be reduced.
The engine maufacturer has decided to speedify the inspection of high-pressure turbine disks. Calio confirmed that the company is planning to conduct inspections as quickly as possible.
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Source : AoI