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Emirates and Etihad unaffected by Boeing 777 suspension

February 24, 2021 Aviation, Headline News No Comments

According to Arabian Business while Boeing has suspended operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s , which are powered by powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines, Dubai-based Emirates, the world largest operator of Boeing 777s, along with Etihad have confirmed that their Boeing 777s are powered by GE engines.

As a result, Emirates and also Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways are not impacted by the decision from Boeing to suspend operations of a selection of 777s following engine failure in the US on Saturday.

The incident, on United Airlines Flight 328 from Denver to Honolulu, took place shortly after it took off with 231 passengers and 10 crew members on board, with the Boeing 777 landing safely back at Denver and nobody was injured by the falling debris.

As a result of the incident, Boeing has suspended operations of the 69 in-service and 59 in-storage 777s powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines “until the FAA identifies the appropriate inspection protocol”.

Japan’s transport ministry grounded the planes early Monday, while Korean Air Lines halted all operation of its 777 jets with the Pratt engine variant.

According to data from Bloomberg, only Egypt Air fly Boeing 777s with the Pratt & Whitney engine variant in the MENA region.

The National Transportation Safety Board said two fan blades were fractured on the United flight, and a statement from Boeing on Monday said: “Boeing supports the decision yesterday by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, and the FAA’s action today to suspend operations of 777 aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney 4000-112 engines”, adding “We are working with these regulators as they take actions while these planes are on the ground and further inspections are conducted by Pratt & Whitney.”

An edited report from Arabian Business by John Alwyn-Jones

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