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Pratt & Whitney Will Deliver Fixed A320neo Engines Starting June

  • Company is working with Airbus, Qatar Air on the issue
  • IndiGo will take delivery of A320neos soon, Gernhardt says

Pratt & Whitney will deliver revised engines for A320neo jets starting in June, after glitches caused Airbus Group SE’s key customer Qatar Airways Ltd. to reject planes it had ordered.

The company is working closely with Qatar Air and Airbus on the issue and making “minor changes” to the engines, Greg Gernhardt, Pratt & Whitney’s president of commercial engines, said at a briefing Wednesday at the Singapore Airshow. The glitch isn’t caused by a technology problem, he said.

The A320neo is the latest upgrade of Airbus’s bestselling aircraft family and is critical to the planemaker’s future. The engine glitch led Qatar Air, earmarked as the first A320neo customer, to refuse delivery, with Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker saying Tuesday the carrier will demand compensation for an anticipated “very huge” delay in receiving the planes.

Al Baker is a “very demanding customer,” Gernhardt said, adding that he wouldn’t comment on client compensation.

IndiGo, India’s largest airline and another key Airbus customer for A320neos, said in January it had been forced to lease used planes while waiting for clarity on when it will receive the jets.

Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies Corp., has addressed all the A320neo engine issues with IndiGo, Gernhardt said. The Indian carrier will take delivery of the planes soon, he said, without providing a more specific timeframe.

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