The core problem that led to the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX worldwide has surfaced on the Airbus 320Neo as well
Airlines play safe with A320Neo, lighten load - leaving the last row of six seats vacant on their A320Neo.
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September 18, 2019 - by for indiatimes.com
MUMBAI: The core problem which led to the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft worldwide has surfaced on the Airbus 320Neo as well. Both these aircraft have a tendency to pitch the nose up, excessively to an unsafe degree, during certain stages of flight.
The big difference though is that unlike the Boeing 737 MAX, the A320NEO has never had an excessive pitch problem during flight operations. The problem came up recently only during laboratory testing carried out by the European aircraft manufacturer.
But a wary European Union aviation regulator, which had certified the A320NEO safe to fly, has issued an interim directive asking airlines to load the A320Neo in such a manner that the tail-end stays comparatively lighter in weight.
Which is why airlines like Lufthansa and British Airways have recently started leaving the last row of six seats vacant on their A320Neo.
Unlike the European regulator, the Indian aviation DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) regulator hasn't put out a directive in public, but...
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