Issue identified with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines for Airbus’s A320neo


(Reuters) – An issue has been identified on some recently delivered Pratt & Whitney (UTX.N) GTF engines for European planemaker Airbus’s (AIR.PA) A320neo aircraft, the two companies said on Friday Pratt & Whitney said the problem related to the knife edge seal in the High Pressure Compressor (HPC) aft hub on the PW1100G-JM engine powering the A320neo. Airbus said it had informed affected A320neo customers and operators, adding there are currently 113 Pratt & Whitney-powered A320neo aircraft flying with 18 customers. Pratt & Whitney said in a statement the issue affected a “a limited subpopulation of engines,” without elaborating. Airbus said the two companies were assessing the situation and the European Aviation Safety Agency had published an Emergency Airworthiness Directive. Such a directive is issued when an unsafe condition exists that requires immediate action by an aircraft’s owner or operator. Reporting by Alan Charlish; Editing by Mark PotterOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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