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Another setback for Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan operators. The engine maker says that “a significant portion of the PW1100G-JM engine fleet” on Airbus A320neo family aircraft will need accelerated wing removal and inspection within nine to twelve months. The reason is a powder metal contamination issue found in the high-pressure turbine disk on engines produced until early 2021. Pratt & Whitney discloses ‘new’ material issue on the GTF.

P&W mentioned the latest issue today in its HY1 earnings presentation. The OEM says that the problem will result in “approximately 200 accelerated removals by mid-September of this year.” By then, Pratt expects to have a better understanding of the extent of the problem. It is most likely that another 1.000 engines will need inspection by late 2024.


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