Maintenance of NAC’s grounded A320 ‘9N-AKW’ uncertain

The maintenance and repair of Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) Airbus A320 is uncertain as there is no any initiation of work by engineering team of NAC.

Airbus A320 with registration ‘9N-AKW’ has been grounded since 25th December at Indira Gandhi International airport, Delhi following a technical glitch. As been reported, the Exhaust Gas Temperature (EGT) of the engine of A320 ‘Sagarmatha’ has risen above its normal temperature.

Till now, only the problem has been identified for which no any maintenance preparations have been initiated. Despite bearing flight delays and cancellations, NAC is not showing concern towards bringing the grounded aircraft back to operation.

Previously, the officials said that the engineering team will be dispatched within 2 or 3 days but till today no any steps have been taken which shows utter carelessness of the national flag carrier.

According to NAC’s spokesperson, Mr. Rabindra Shrestha, “9N-AKW will be maintained by engineering team from Indira Gandhi International airport however the time period required for maintenance is unpredictable.” Number of flights is decreasing but somehow the company is covering it by conducting scheduled flights by rest of the aircraft, he added.

NAC’s Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’ is back to operation after the successful completion of maintenance of landing gear at Singapore which has been conducting scheduled flights to its destinations.

Currently, NAC has Airbus A320 ’9N-AKX’ Lumbini and Boeing 757 ‘9N-ACB’ Gandaki for conducting International flights. Both the aircraft are bearing the flight pressure released due to technical problem of ‘9N-AKW’.

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