CanIndia news wire service has reported air safety regulations will make Indian domestic airlines the first country to replace both Pratt and Whitney engines on their entire fleet of Airbus 320neo aircraft by the early part of 2020, the news source said.
The country is expected to achieve the mark before the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandated deadlines for their regulated airlines.
India´s domestic airlines — IndiGo and GoAir — will become the first passenger carriers in the world to have achieved this task. The move is expected to greatly improve in-flight safety.
The European agency has a deadline for placement of one modified engine by March 2020 and its Air Worthiness Directive for replacement of both engines is expected soon. In all likelihood this might stretch up to the second half of 2020, while its US counterpart has set a deadline for November 2020.