Airbus finds "minor damage" with Pratt engine after A320neo test

Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:49am EDT
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Sept 30 (Reuters) - Airbus Group SE said on Wednesday that the plane-maker found "minor damage" with an engine powering its new A320neo narrowbody jet after a flight test, although it still expects to start deliveries of the widely sold aircraft this year.

Airbus plans to swap the Pratt & Whitney engine with a spare to continue the test campaign in a "matter of days," a spokesman said. The company was evaluating the damage but that it was too soon to draw conclusions, spokesman Clay McConnell said.

Two other Pratt-powered aircraft are continuing flight tests, McConnell said. (Reporting by Lewis Krauskopf in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)