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Order to Ground Airbus Stalls Growth at Top Asian Budget Carrier

  • India asks IndiGo to idle unmodified A320neos against new jets
  • Pratt & Whitney-powered engines have suffered several glitches
An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet, operated by IndiGo.

An Airbus Group SE A320neo passenger jet, operated by IndiGo.

Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

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An order for IndiGo to ground some of its Airbus SE A320neo planes for engine upgrades could impede the expansion of one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines.

For every addition to its fleet, IndiGo must ground an A320neo plane that hasn’t had its Pratt & Whitney engines modified, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said following a series of problems on the carrier’s jets, including in-flight shutdowns. The order essentially prevents IndiGo from adding new routes or increasing frequencies until the engine issues are fixed.