Feb 11, 2018, 04.02 PM IST
Sources : economictimes.indiatimes.com
No-frills airline IndiGo said it has grounded three A320 neo aircraft due to engine problems, which also resulted in cancellation of some flights.
The grounded aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney engines and the move follows a directive from European aviation safety regulator EASA.
Airline has been forced to ground planes
This is the second occasion when the airline has been forced to ground planes on account of P&W engine problems. Last year, the carrier had to ground a few aircraft and they began flying again after the issues were fixed.
A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that EASA on Friday issued an emergency airworthiness directive for A320 neo planes fitted with PW1100 engines having a particular serial number.
A320 neo family planes
The directive came in the wake of instances of the engine’s in-flight shut-downs and rejected take-offs involving A320 neo family planes, the official added.
Airbus has also issued an alert for providing instructions to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue extended range twin-engine operations for aircraft fitted with affected engines.
Three such aircraft, which have been grounded
The DGCA official said IndiGo has three such aircraft, which have been grounded.
Further, the official noted that the latest issue is different from the problems experienced by IndiGo’s A320 neos earlier and those have been addressed.
In a statement, IndiGo said it had pro-actively withdrawn the three A320 neo aircraft from service from February 9.
“Our precautionary measure of grounding the three aircraft resulted in cancellations of some of our flights,” it said.
IndiGo & GoAir are the two carriers that operate A320
IndiGo and GoAir are the two domestic carriers that operate A320 neo planes powered with P&W engines.
Budget airline GoAir said it has three of these engines installed in its aircraft.
“In full and complete compliance with the requirements, none of GoAir aircraft have two of these engines on the same aircraft,” the carrier said in a statement, adding that no aircraft is required to be grounded.
Towards urban air mobility
Airbus said that it had successfully held the first test flights of the Vahana, an electric, pilotless flying vehicle that it hopes will be able to ferry people around cities.
One-minute test ride
The flight at a test range in the US state of Oregon lasted just under one minute, with the aircraft lifting up five metres (16 feet) from the ground and landing without control from a pilot, the European aerospace firm said in statement.
Propelled by eight rotors that allow it to take off and land vertically, Vahana completed a second test flight on Thursday, and additional testing is slated including forward flight.
Single seater flight
The aircraft, which Airbus has been developing for less than two years, is designed to carry one passenger and fly autonomously, according to its website.
Forget traffic jams
Autonomous driving technology has made considerable progress in recent years with high-tech firms and established automakers putting test vehicles on the roads, while a handful of inventors and start-ups have developed flying cars.
Rock bottom air ticket prices
Airlines are offering discounted domestic flight tickets at prices starting from Rs 769 and international flights at prices starting from Rs 2,469 on the occasion of Republic Day.
If you are at a loss as to where to go on the first long weekend of 2018, we have got you covered. Here is a compilation of the destinations you can visit by taking advantage of this airline ticket sale.
Delhi to Jaipur
One of the routes having the lowest rate of Rs 769 is the one from Delhi to Jaipur. The Jaipur Literature Festival is starting on 25th of January and will last till 29th of January, thus, making this upcoming long weekend a perfect option to get a dose of literary experience along with the city’s heritage attractions.
Agartala/Silchar to Guwahati
Those living in Agartala or Silchar can avail discounted domestic fares offered by airline sale and head to the Kaziranga National Park by taking a flight to Guwahati and completing the rest of the journey by road. Kaziranga is the only forest in the country that is home to the one-horned rhinos.
Delhi to Dehradun
For those Delhiites who need an excuse to escape to one of the hill stations bordering the national capital, Mussoorie or Landour is a great option. Mussoorie, often called as the ‘Queen of Hills’, is one of the most popular hill stations of India. All you have to do is take a flight to Dehradun from Delhi.
While you can take a ride between the Hall and Gun Hill on a cable car in Mussoorie, the sleepy hill town of Landour can give you glimpses of the lush green environs and the mountains around, and fill you up with delicious treats from the cosy cafes. Who knows, you might even bump into celebrated author Ruskin Bond.
Kochi/Coimbatore to Bengaluru
Bengaluru is a central point to many weekend hotspots of South India. Catch a flight to Bangalore from either Kochi or Coimbatore in order to avail the Rs 769-priced airfares. Offbeat locales of Horsley Hills in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district and Karnataka’s Chikmagalur can be easily covered by road from Bengaluru.
Chennai to Colombo
In case you want to fly abroad for the long weekend, think Colombo. You might get a flight to this Sri Lankan destination at just Rs 2,469 if you fly from Chennai.