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Airbus Faces New Challenge with Pratt & Whitney Engine Recall Amidst Record Orders

Airbus Faces New Challenge with Pratt & Whitney Engine Recall Amidst Record Orders

As it works to maintain a commanding lead over competitor Boeing, Airbus confronts yet another significant challenge in delivering its best-selling aircraft. With a backlog that now extends into the early 2030s, Airbus has been attempting to quickly increase production of its popular A320 family of airplanes. Many of those aircraft are propelled by a certain model of Pratt & Whitney engine, which the engine manufacturer warned earlier this week will need to be recalled and inspected.

Following the discovery of a metal defect that could result in cracking, Pratt said that 1,200 of its geared-turbofan engines would need to be inspected. The problem, according to Pratt and Airbus, has no effect on the safety of the aircraft.

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Airbus‘ aspirations to produce the plane at faster rates could be further slowed by the recall. As a result of the impacted engines being taken out of service, Pratt will need to keep some of its additional new engines as a reserve engine pool. For use when maintaining aircraft engines, it retains its reserves. As a result, Airbus can deliver new aircraft with fewer engines needed.

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And also according to RTX, the P&W discovered an uncommon problem in the metal powder used to make a few engine parts that could shorten their lifespan. With 200 engines to be “removed and inspected” in mid-September and the remaining 1,000 in the next nine to twelve months, the PW1100 engines will be recalled in stages.

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The majority of A320 aircraft with P&W engines are purchased by low-cost airline IndiGo. This development comes one month after IndiGo placed a record order for 500 narrowbody aircraft from Airbus, bringing its total pipeline from the European aircraft manufacturer to 1,000.

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