LONDON, July 17 -- FARNBOROUGH AIRSHOW -- Pratt & Whitney Global Service Partners, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, will soon offer its innovative EcoPower(SM) engine wash services at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam with Martinair as its European launch customer.
Pratt & Whitney concluded a pilot program with Martinair in May, where Martinair's fleet of PW4000 engines was washed with the EcoPower service. Upon successful completion of this pilot program, the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, where Martinair is headquartered, was selected as Pratt & Whitney's first European EcoPower service center location. Pratt & Whitney expects to provide EcoPower engine washes to Martinair's entire fleet as well as to other airlines that fly into Schiphol Airport.
"The EcoPower pilot program met all of our desired results, and we are very happy with how well it cleans our engines," said Paul Horstink, vice president Maintenance & Engineering at Martinair. "We now plan to clean all of our engines regularly with this new method, being the first airline in the Netherlands to take this environmentally friendly approach."
The engine washing process is a closed-loop, environmentally friendly system that uses atomized water to wash aircraft engines. Not only does the system avoid potentially harmful run-off from the washing process, but it also is more effective and much faster than traditional engine washing processes. EcoPower improves engine performance and extends time on wing for operators of Pratt & Whitney, GE, IAE, CFMI and Rolls Royce engines. EcoPower wash can reduce fuel burn by as much as 1 percent and increase engine EGT (exhaust gas temperature) margin by as much as 15 degrees C.
"EcoPower is one of several environmentally responsive services provided by Pratt & Whitney," said Anupam Bhargava, general manager, Line Maintenance Services. "We are focusing on introducing clean technologies for aerospace manufacturing, repair and maintenance that lower customer cost with little or no environmental impact."
Since EcoPower was established in 2005 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and LAX Airport in Los Angeles, more than 450 washes have been performed for more than 20 customers on 20 different engine models at 14 locations worldwide.
Global Service Partners, Pratt & Whitney's maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services business, is an industry leader in customer solutions and service excellence. It has more than 500 aviation customers served by a worldwide network of 24 overhaul and repair facilities capable of servicing all Pratt & Whitney engines, as well as V2500 and CFM56® engines.
Pratt & Whitney is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines, space propulsion systems and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.
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