Airline GoFirst received two engine failures from P&W (Pratt & Whitney) in a boost to the airline as it prepares to resume flight services after a three-month hiatus. Sources said the airline expects to receive five more engines in August.
GoFirst last week received conditional approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to resume operations with 15 aircraft and 114 daily flights.
The two new engines will allow the airline to add another aircraft to its fleet, bringing the total number of operational aircraft to 27, sources told Fe.
Currently, the airline has a total of 54 aircraft. Of these, 28 aircraft have been grounded due to engine failure.
Earlier this month, the Singapore International Arbitration Center (SIAC) had directed P&W to send five engines to the air carrier every month from August 1 to December 31.
Meanwhile, GoFirst plans to resume operations once DGCA clears its final flight schedule.
Following DGCA’s observations of lack of trained pilots and issues related to funding, refunds and spare parts, Go First scaled back its relaunch plans by 30% from earlier plans.
Before the audit, it was proposed to resume service with 26 aircraft and around 160 daily flights.
DGCA has disallowed this as it has found that the airline does not have the required number of pilots and technical staff to perform the specified functions.
As a result, the airline’s Resolution Professional (RP) Shailendra Ajmera submitted a revised plan in a meeting with senior DGCA officials last Wednesday.
The airline’s revised restart plan takes into account the “new realities” of starting operations in a lean travel season, sources said.
“The earlier plan was prepared on the assumption that operations would resume during the peak travel season,” sources said.
“However, the plan has been revised to take into account that the initial phase of operations will begin in August.”
Globally, July to September is considered a lean travel season.
It is noteworthy that in the initial phase of this project, military charter flight services on Delhi-Srinagar, Delhi-Leh and Delhi-Tois will be launched followed by scheduled revenue operations.
However, the move may require some time as Go First proving flights have to be run first.
The airline needs to re-certify its pilots to operate flights to critical high-altitude airports like Thohoyandou.