Ten aircraft from Indian’s fleet grounded: Govt

As many as ten aircraft out of state-owned carrier Indian’s 57 Airbus fleet are grounded at present for maintenance and want of engines, Lok Sabha was informed today.

Observing that normally about seven aircraft remained grounded at any given point of time, Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said during Question Hour that nine A-320s and one A-300 planes were presently not in service for major maintenance, want of engines or scheduled maintenance.

The Indian has a fleet of 57 Airbus aircraft — six A-319s, 48 A-320s and three A-300s, he said, adding that efforts were on to increase engine availability so that optimum utilisation of aircraft as per laid down norms was achieved.

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