The airline will now have to slow down launching new routes, adding frequency as the new aircraft will be used to replace the grounded aircraft.
The extent of disruption will depend on how fast Pratt & Whitney
can deliver the new engines but industry sources suggested that replacing 109 engines will impact IndiGo’s operations for close to a year. The airline during its post-results call had said that it intends to grow capacity by 25 per cent.
“Every aircraft that is added to the existing fleet should lead to one of those with unmodified engines to be grounded and the new aircraft may be operated on the same schedule as was being operated by the grounded aircraft,” a DGCA
Currently, the airline has 98 A320 and 321 Neo aircraft, of which 52 have modified engine blades. An IndiGo
spokesperson, however, said as of now IndiGo
was not changing any schedule. “The current schedule remains intact. The airline is working with Pratt and Whitney and Airbus to adjust the flow of engines,” the spokesperson said.
The direction from the regulator comes after a review meeting on Monday. DGCA
has found that IndiGo was unable to convince the regulator that it would be able to replace all the unmodified engines by January 31, 2020 — a deadline fixed earlier.