Pratt may revert to previous engine seal for A320neo

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney (NYSE:UTX) says it has solved the issue which affected the geared turbofan engine that powers the Airbus A320neo aircraft, temporarily returning to a previous seal that had been removed over durability issues. "Pratt & Whitney has begun implementing this solution and production engine deliveries incorporating this change will begin in early March", said a statement from the engine maker.

Pratt first said February 12 that 43 problematic GTF engines were installed aboard 32 Airbus A320neo aircraft.

"The solution is based on a design with which the company has significant experience, and this solution has received all necessary regulatory approvals".

Asked to elaborate, Pratt spokesperson Jenny Dervin said, "We're not giving any technical details beyond the press statement at this time".

"We're working with Airbus on the scheduling for that", Dervin said.

Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said last week that deliveries to customers should resume in April.

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