A protective cover sits on a wing engine fitting of an undelivered Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet, operated by IndiGo, a unit of Interglobe Enterprises Ltd., as it stands on the tarmac at Toulouse-Blagnac airport in Toulouse, France. (Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg)

IndiGo Grounds Five A320neo Planes

Budget carrier IndiGo grounded five A320neo aircraft today after issues with their engines manufactured by Pratt & Whitney, according to sources.

These aircraft are currently grounded at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, the source said. Another source confirmed that five aircraft were grounded today.

Without specifying the number of planes, an IndiGo spokesperson confirmed that “a few A320 neos have been taken out of service pro-actively and await spare engines from Pratt & Whitney”. The release of additional spare engines has been initiated by P&W so that all aircraft are expected to be back in service in the second half of August, the spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson, however, did not mention whether flight services have been disrupted due to the grounding of five planes.

Since the induction of A320neo planes powered by P&W engines in March 2016, IndiGo has intermittently been facing issues and has grounded some of these aircraft on earlier occasions, too. The problems varied from mid-air engine shutdowns to oil-chip detection.

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