Leslie Thng, CEO of Scoot, the airline’s low-cost subsidiary, stated on Wednesday that none of the Airbus A320neo aircraft in the Singapore Airlines group with Pratt & Whitney engines are currently grounded due to a lack of spares.
The engines have come under scrutiny ever since Go Airlines (India) Ltd filed for bankruptcy protection this month, attributing the grounding of about half of its 54 Airbus A320neos to “faulty” Pratt engines.
According to Pratt, the allegations lack support and serve only to draw attention away from the airline’s financial difficulties. Some of the airlines’ planes have reportedly been grounded due to problems with Pratt GTF engines, according to IndiGo, Lufthansa, and Air New Zealand.
Since Go Airlines (India) Ltd sought bankruptcy protection this month, the engines have come under fire after the airline blamed “faulty” Pratt engines for the grounding of roughly half of its 54 Airbus A320neos.
Singapore Airlines, Scoot Pratt and Whitney A320neo
According to Pratt, a division of Raytheon Technologies, the allegations lack support and serve only to draw attention away from the airline’s financial difficulties
Scoot operates 15 aircraft from the A320neo family. Whereas premium carrier Singapore Airlines utilizes aircraft from the competing Boeing Co. 737 family. Thng stated, ” We expect to take more deliveries in the coming years.”
In a Tuesday post-results briefing with analysts and the media, Singapore Airlines declared its first yearly profit in four years. Furthermore, they claimed the current year was off to a strong start. His comments were in response to questioning from the analysts and journalists.
Pratt GTF engines
Due to problems with Pratt GTF engines at a time when spares are hard to come by, some aircraft operated by IndiGo, Lufthansa, and Air New Zealand have been grounded.
According to an analysis by aviation consultancy IBA last month, before the bankruptcy of Go Airlines, around 12% of all A320neo family aircraft equipped with Pratt GTF engines were inactive internationally. Compared to just 4% of those with CFM International’s competing engines.
Greg Hayes, CEO of Raytheon, stated in February that the GTF engines’ reliability had fallen short of expectations. Further, the company is working to address issues.
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