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PostPosted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo is adding two pre-owned A320s to the fleet, as VT-IHK & VT-IHL.
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http://www.financialexpress.com/industry/indigo-eyes-aircraft-upgrade-to-upstage-competition/1057159/

IndiGo eyes aircraft upgrade to upstage competition

February 8, 2018

In a move aimed at giving it an edge over its competition, India’s largest carrier IndiGo is set to upgrade a part of its existing order for 250 A320neos to A321LRs, industry sources said.

The move will enable the carrier to increase the number of seats per flight and also deploy the aircraft on short overseas routes. “Whenever an airline places an order with the manufacturer, there is an option for an upgrade of the equipment. IndiGo has exercised that option for A321LRs,” said an industry source.

It is believed that the number of aircraft the airline seeks to upgrade at this point is between 20 and 25. The aircraft are likely to be inducted into the fleet in fiscal 2019-20.

“The manufacturer needs to be informed about the upgrade well in advance, may be 12-13 months,” said an airline executive, not wishing to be named. The delivery period may also depend on the delivery schedule for this aircraft type, as it is a new model with large orders placed by international carriers.

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https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/indigo-planes-grounded-aircraft-engine-failure-a-rare-occurrence/articleshow/62868276.cms

IndiGo grounds 3 A320 neos after engine-failure warning

Feb 11, 2018

IndiGo grounded three Airbus 320 neo (new engine option) aircraft on Friday after the European aviation regulator issued an emergency directive raising concerns over a potential "dual engine" failure in such aircraft that are fitted with a certain category of Pratt and Whitney engines. .
A320 neos, made by European aircraft manufacturer Airbus and powered by American aerospace manufacturer Pratt and Whitney's (PW) turbofan engines, have been having engine problems since the time they were inducted into global airline fleet two years ago. Following the European Aviation Safety Agency's (EASA) order, Airbus announced that it has stopped delivering A320 neo jets fitted with PW 1100 engines.

IndiGo is the largest operator of twin-engined A320 neo aircraft in the world; all their 32 neos are fitted with PW 1100 engines. IndiGo A320 neos have had the most failures globally: a total of 69 instances of single-engine failure in the 18 months between March 2016 and September 2017.

The Indian regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which accepted the order, did not ground the entire A320 neo fleet.

The European Aviation Safety Agency warning is only for a particular "subpopulation" or sub-category of engines within this faulty engine group.

The EASA warning was necessitated by several occurrences of engine in-flight shut-down and rejected takeoff involving A320 neo family aeroplanes, said a top DGCA official.

The EASA warning was necessitated by several occurrences of engine in-flight shut-down and rejected take-off involving A320neo family aeroplanes, said a top DGCA official. "While investigation is on to determine the root cause, EASA's preliminary findings indicated the particular subcategory of PW1100 engines was more susceptible to dual engine failure," he added. Airbus has also issued an alert to operators of A320neos, providing instructions to de-pair the affected engines and discontinue operations over routes where the closest runway is more than an hour away.

The DGCA official stressed the above issue is entirely different from issues of bearing failure and combustion chamber failure experienced initially by PW1100 engines, which, he said, have been addressed.

IndiGo's instances of single-engine failure in 18 months averaged one a week. However, if one engine fails, a twin-engine aircraft like an A320 can safely land with the other operative engine. Yet what was brow-raising was the unprecedented frequency with which these engine failures occurred, a world record, said aviation experts.

According to a media report, Airbus said there are only 43 engines worldwide of this sub-category. How many of them are with IndiGo is not known. IndiGo did not go into the question. "Airbus and Pratt are working in close cooperation and will be swiftly communicating on the way forward to regain normal operations and resume aircraft deliveries," said the IndiGo statement.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/indigo-moves-sc-against-shifting-of-some-domestic-flights-from-t1-to-t2-at-delhi-airport/articleshow/62951657.cms

IndiGo moves SC against shifting of some domestic flights from T1 to T2 at Delhi Airport

Feb 16, 2018

The tussle over IndiGo shifting one-third domestic flights from Delhi Airport’s Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 shows no sign of ending. IndiGo has now moved the Supreme Court on this issue, after the Delhi high court earlier this week dismissed its appeal against Delhi International Airport Pvt Ltd (DIAL)’s decision of shifting some domestic flights of low cost carriers from T1 to T2.

“Yes, we have filed a special leave petition in the Supreme Court on matter related to shifting to Terminal 2 at Delhi Airport,” said an IndiGo spokesman. The matter is likely to be heard next week.

DIAL wants to move one-third of flights out of T1 to decongest the terminal and then begin its expansion work. While GoAir (which does not fly international) has already shifted all its domestic flights to T2 at IGI Airport, SpiceJet and IndiGo are yet to move some domestic flights from T1. This issue has been hanging fire for over a year now and has delayed the expansion of T1, which is handling much more traffic than its built capacity. SpiceJet has made it clear will shift some flights if IndiGo does the same.

“IndiGo can’t say that it is either their way, or the runway,” a bench of Delhi HC justices Hima Kohli and Rekha Palli had said earlier this week dismissing IndiGo’s appeal against the partial shifting.

The bench had given a week’s time to the airline to suggest to DIAL, sectors other than Delhi-Mumbai, Bengaluru or Kolkata that it is willing to shift from T1 to T2, as long as they collectively meet the yardstick of one-third passenger traffic volumes of their operations at Terminal 1.

“In the event such a request is received by the DIAL within the stipulated timeline, the same shall be considered and a decision taken under written intimation to both the airlines within one week from the date of receipt,” HC had said.

Now with the matter going right up to the apex court, the issue may finally see a closure.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo has added a new ATR72-600 to the fleet today, as VT-IYD.
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