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DGCA allows IndiGo to wet lease 11 A320s

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given approval to IndiGo to wet lease 11 A320 planes as airline grapples with capacity challenges due to P&W engine woes, according to officials.

IndiGo operator Interglobe Aviation has been allowed to wet-lease 11 A320 aircraft, CNBC-TV18 reported on Wednesday, citing sources at the DGCA.

This comes amid IndiGo grounding nearly 40 planes due to a Pratt & Whitney engine issue, the report said.
Pratt’s owner RTX had on Monday said it would have to pull a total of 600 to 700 engines off their Airbus A320neo jets for lengthy quality inspections between 2023 and 2026.

RTX had in July said a rare powder metal defect could lead to the cracking of some engine components and called for accelerated inspections affecting 200 engines by mid-September.

Last month, IndiGo said it was assessing the impact on its fleet due to troubled Pratt & Whitney engines and it expects a fall in yield due to seasonal weakness in the second quarter.

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