Airbus no longer accepts Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines

Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines equip new A320neo family aircraft. Due to problems with these engines, Airbus decided to give up.

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Airbus has decided to give up the Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines, which propel A320neo and A321neo aircraft. Problems have been reported with several engines in this model, starting with the P770450 series.

Pratt & Whitney PW1100G Engines

According to Airbus and EASA, there are 33 of aircraft affected by problems at Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines. However, the affected airlines were not mentioned. 11 of airplanes have both engines with problems, while other 21 of airplanes have only one of the engines with problems.

The situation may be aggravated if the engine manufacturer does not find quick solutions, and the delivery schedule of the new A320neo could be delayed.

We mention that Pratt & Whitney also delivers PW1100G engines for CSeries and Embraer E-2 programs, but they are not affected. By the time the problem was resolved, Airbus had already parked approximately 30 aircraft waiting for the engines.

Industry sources remind 4 of cases where Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines have caused problems, but the actual number could be much higher. How do the problems manifest themselves? There have been cases where Pratt & Whitney PW1100G engines have stopped, leading to the take-off cancellation.

As an alternative, Airbus will equip new A320neo family aircraft with CFM Leap-1A engines.

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