Pratt & Whitney appoints Ashmita Sethi as India managing director1 min read . Updated: 19 Dec 2019, 06:28 PM IST
- The development comes in the wake of the EASA issuing a fresh warning earlier this week
- Shethi has previously worked for Boeing and Rolls Royce in corporate and public affairs and communications
New Delhi: Pratt & Whitney, which has been facing problems regarding its engines mounted on Airbus 320neo aircraft, on Thursday announced the appointment of a new managing director for its India office, Ashmita Sethi.
Shethi has previously worked for Boeing and Rolls Royce in corporate and public affairs and communications.
The development comes in the wake of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issuing a fresh warning earlier this week about a potential dual engine-failure on Airbus A320neo family planes fitted with Pratt and Whitney engines. In India, InterGlobe Avition Ltd-promoted IndiGo has 98 aircraft of the A320neo family, while GoAir has 37 of A320 neos.
In November, India’s Directorate general of Civil Aviation directed that IndiGo and GoAir must replace all unmodified P&W engines on the A320neo planes by 31 January.
There have been a series of incidents involving A320 aircraft with PW engines in India, where IndiGo alone commands about half of the market share, raising concerns over safe air travel.
Pratt & Whitney has said it is working in co-ordination with airline customers to incorporate upgrades in the low-pressure turbines of the PW1100G-JM fleet.
In a company statement on Thursday, Rick Deurloo, Pratt& Whitney’s chief commercial officer, said the appointment of Sethi “will bolster our support for our customers in the India market."