GoAir still crippled by engine glitches, despite hopeful CEO
A new A320 neo engine shutdown mid-air incident is threatening GoAir’ CEO Cornelis Vrieswijk’ hopes to see all aircraft back in the air soon.
Commenting on the engine defect affecting GoAir’s fleet of Airbus A320neos, Vrieswijk told BloombergQuint on August 30, 2018, he was hopeful that the airline would soon see every aircraft back in the air. However, on September 1, 2018, the problem caught up the airline again, as yet another of its A320neo was forced to divert due to a mid-air shutdown.
Vrieswijk was appointed CEO of GoAir in June 2018, three months after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation grounded three the low-cost carrier’s A320neos (and 8 for IndiGo) due to repetitive engine failures. It was discovered that the defect affected PW1100G of the Block B types. Since then, the problem was mostly tackled, according to the company, by using leased engine parts.
“We have Block C type engines for most of our aircraft, except one or two that have Block B combustors,” said Vriesjwik interviewed by BloombergQuint. Unlike the previous version, the Block C features a monitoring program that allow for maintenance before the engine reach a critical stage of deterioration. The CEO announced that to support its new overseas strategy, GoAir would acquire 13 more A320neos by the end of 2018.
However it seems that engine glitches have caught up with the airline. On September 1, 2018, a GoAir Airbus A320, registered VT-WGJ, was performing flight G8-283 from Bangalore International Airport (BLR), India to Pune Airport (PNQ), India with 169 people on board. While ascending, the flight crew received unusual vibration indication, as well as an oil chip detection alarm, leading to an engine failure. The pilots turned off the engine and turned back to Bangalore. According to the Times of India, Pratt & Whitney denied that the incident was another inflight shutdown (IFSD) of the engine. GoAir reported a “technical glitch”.
All A320neos in India powered by Pratt & Whitney engines have an ETOPS reduced to 60 minutes, following a directive from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India.
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