Air Caraibes will replace the defective engine of the Airbus A330


A brand new turbo-jet engine arrived yesterday at Juliana to replace that of the Air Caraibes Airbus A330-300 which had exploded on takeoff on December 28, forcing the pilots to land urgently.

This PW4168A turbojet is manufactured by Pratt & Whitney (USA) and produces 31 tonnes of thrust. It entered commercial service in 1997 on the twin-engine Airbus A330 widebody family, comprising the A330-200 and A330-300.

The engine was delivered to Juliana by a Russian IL-76 cargo plane. Ground and then flight tests will be carried out after the installation of the new PW4168A to ensure that the Airbus A330-300 which entered service in 2006 and registered F-ORLY is 100% operational.

The ground tests will take place this weekend at night and will cause some noise in the neighborhood.

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