MUMBAI: Hours after the third mid-air aircraft engine failure in two weeks, the civil aviation regulator ordered the grounding of 11 Airbus 320neo planes + on Monday. The aircraft took off at 6.40pm, only to return for an emergency landing at 7.10pm with one working engine. Currently, IndiGo, with a market share of 40 %, operates a fleet of 155 A320 aircraft, including 45 A320neos (new engine option); 7% of these are now grounded. The three grounded A320neos make for 9% of its fleet.On February 9, the European civil aviation regulator red-flagged PW1100 engines manufactured mid-2017 onwards. But the single-aisle, twin-engine aircraft recovered from that setback to turn into a workhorse for airline fleets the world over.
Source: Economic Times March 13, 2018 03:33 UTC