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New Safety Protocols for AirbusA320 Operated Aircrafts

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IndiGo, GoAir, aircraft manufacturer Airbus and engine maker Pratt & Whitney met civil aviation ministry officials on Tuesday to discuss the engine issues.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) would issue safety rules for airlines in one week, civil aviation secretary R N Choubey told media.

IndiGo declined to comment when asked about the meeting. GoAir did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

IndiGo, owned by InterGlobe Aviation, is Airbus’ biggest customer for the A320neo, all of which are fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines. IndiGo and GoAir together have more than 500 such planes on order.

The government will issue new safety protocols for airlines operating Airbus A320neo aircraft fitted with Pratt & Whitney engines, the civil aviation secretary said, after temporary grounding orders affected the planes last year.

Low-cost airlines IndiGo and GoAir were forced to ground A320neo aircraft on several occasions due to issues related to their engines.

But he said his ministry had no plans to tell IndiGo, India’s biggest carrier by market share, and GoAir to take A320neos jets out of service or stop taking new deliveries.