Airbus again

Not planning flying anywhere in Europe on Airbus are you?

New engines made by Pratt & Whitney (UTX.N) for the latest Airbus (AIR.PA) single-aisle jetliner, the A320neo, pose a potential shutdown risk, the U.S. aviation regulator said on Wednesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s formal warning follows a similar action by European regulators on Feb. 9, and cites a “knife edge seal fracture” in the engine that could lead to an engine stall “and consequent inflight shutdown and rejected takeoffs,” the FAA said in an airworthiness directive.

The warnings mark the latest in a string of issues that have clouded the rollout of Pratt’s new engines, which compete with market-leader CFM International, a joint venture of General Electric Co (GE.N) and Safran SA (SAF.PA) of France.

A total of 98 engines could be affected, with 43 confirmed to have the problem and the rest possibly affected, Pratt said. The company declined to comment further.

Just a few more:

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven or eight.

6 comments for “Airbus again

  1. Pcar
    February 15, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Aircraft Engines – what I want to see when I look out window:

    1st. RR
    .the gap
    2nd. GE

    Do P&W place their name on nacelle where passengers can see it?

    • February 18, 2018 at 7:35 am

      Probably, but far too small to be read.

  2. microdave
    February 16, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    • Pcar
      February 17, 2018 at 12:15 am


      Yeah, I know. As does GE, P&W/UT, Kawasaki et al

      Doesn’t change my personal trust ranking.

      RR on engine is reassuring.

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