IndiGo, India’s premier airline, offers a fresh update on the ongoing assessment of the impact caused by the powder metal issue affecting its Pratt & Whitney-powered fleet. Earlier this year, Pratt & Whitney flagged the repercussions of the powder metal problem on its latest GTF aircraft engine. Globally, a substantial number of engines, approximately 600-700, are slated for accelerated inspections and shop visits between 2023 and 2026. Notably, two-thirds of these engine removals are scheduled for 2023 and early 2024.
Recently, we received additional information from Pratt & Whitney regarding the powder metal issue. Based on our preliminary evaluation, we anticipate an increase in Aircraft on Ground (AOG) incidents in the mid-thirties range during the fourth quarter (Jan-Mar 2024) due to accelerated engine removals. These groundings will be additional to the current AOGs.
During our Q2 earnings call, IndiGo had already hinted at a potential rise in engine removals in Q4 (Jan-Mar 2024), leading to a higher number of groundings due to the powder metal issue. With the latest information at hand, we can reaffirm our capacity guidance for Q3 (Oct-Dec 2023). Furthermore, we confirm our earlier capacity guidance for the entire fiscal year 2023-24, which is “in the North of mid-teens.” This is significantly supported by proactive mitigation measures implemented earlier by IndiGo.
Looking ahead, we remain actively engaged with Pratt & Whitney, seeking more information and addressing the situation. Our focus is on implementing mitigation measures to minimize the impact of these AOGs on our capacity in Q4 FY23-24 and beyond.
IndiGo retains confidence in meeting its long-term capacity indigo engine guidance despite the challenges posed by the ongoing engine issues.
Air India Express Faces Labor Ministry Scrutiny Over Alleged Management-Crew Disputes
Air India launches robotic-enabled eco-friendly aircraft cleaner
Qatar Airways to Increase Flight Frequencies to Multiple Destinations
This Indian airport No1 in the world for punctuality
Airbus Initiates A400M Maintenance Center, Plans to Hire 300 Aeronautical Engineers
This is fourth major U.S. airline to find fake engine parts in some aircraft
Aerospace2 weeks ago
IAF’s Rafale fighter jets hunt for ‘UFO’ sighted near Imphal
Civil Aviation3 weeks ago
Stray dog enters Goa airport runway and forces Vistara flight returns to Bengaluru
Civil Aviation2 weeks ago
Passenger Attempts To Troll Ryanair With Artwork, airline has a savage response
Civil Aviation2 weeks ago
Emirates to operate A380 demonstration flight with 100% SAF
Civil Aviation4 weeks ago
IndiGo enters the new luggage business with the Mokobara brand.
Civil Aviation1 week ago
Thai Airways Positions for a Significant Widebody Aircraft Deal with Airbus and Boeing
Aerospace4 weeks ago
Lufthansa and BBJ Set New Standards with VVIP Cabin Concept at Dubai Airshow
Defence4 weeks ago
Russia asks Pakistan to return helicopter engines