Air Astana comments on a report on defects in Airbus aircraft

Air Astana, the Kazakhstan’s flag air carrier, has responded to reports regarding some problems with the Pratt & Whitney engines, USA, which manages part of the world’s Airbus A320neos, according to the Kazinform News Agency, Kazakhstan.

“Airbus and Pratt & Whitney are jointly studying the situation, identified on a limited number of recently supplied Pratt & Whitney GTF engines, connected to the rear support of a high-pressure compressor. Air Astana works closely with Airbus and Pratt & Whitney in the current situation to minimize any impact on operations. Airbus and Pratt & Whitney provide full support to the Air Company,” Air Astana said.

Previously, foreign media reported that the Airbus Concern had notified the European Aviation Safety Agency of defects in 30% of the 113 P & W engines installed on the A320neo in service. Because of this, the manufacturer was forced to partially suspend the supply of new planes to customers. According to Airbus, 18 airlines around the world operate these planes nowadays. This week, Airbus was to release new production plans of this type for 2018. Last year, the output of the A320neo turned out to be less than the benchmark due to interruptions in the supply of engines.

Air Astana fleet was replenished with the first Airbus A320neo in November 2016. In 2015, Air Astana signed contracts for the leasing of 11 Airbus A320neo aircraft, the delivery of which was scheduled for 2016 – 2019. Two more liners were planned to be brought to Kazakhstan in early 2017.

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