NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the deadline for replacement of older Pratt & Whitney engines onAirbus 320 (neos) with newer ones till May 31, 2020.

“ …DGCA feels that it can be compressed further and should be achievable by May 2020. And therefore, the revised timeline for complete removal of unmodified engines from the fleet is May 31st 2020. It is further laid down that no aircraft with unmodified engine in Indigo fleet shall be allowed to fly after that,” said a senior official of the DGCA.

ET was first to report on December 20, 2019, that the DGCA May extend the deadline. The earlier deadline for the replacement of such engines was January 31, 2020. A deadline extension would mean that IndiGo would be able to complete the engine replacement without having to cancel flights, which would have caused huge inconvenience to the travelling public.

The DGCA had asked IndiGo in early November to replace older PW engines in all aircraft by the end of January after a spate of incidents on Indigo’s Airbus 320 (neos), operated on PW engines.

According to the earlier plan, IndiGo had to change 120 engines scheduled over a period of one year ending December 2020. However, the aviation regulator insisted on an early deadline due to the rising number of incidents.

The regulator had also asked IndiGo and GoAir to replace at least one engine on 29 aircraft operating with both old engines which has been done now.

European safety agency EASA and US safety agency FAA have also issued similar engine replacement orders for Airbus 320 (neos) operating in the country.

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