Pratt & Whitney signs agreement with Air New Zealand
Feb. 14, 2012, Singapore - Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) today announced it has signed an Engine Fleet Enhancement Program (FEP) agreement with Air New Zealand.
P&WC's FEP, where a new engine is exchanged for a time-expired core engine, will be conducted to install over 60 PT6A-67D and PW127M engines powering Beech 1900D and ATR72-500 aircraft respectively. The aircraft are part of the fleets operated by Air New Zealand regional subsidiaries, Eagle Airways and Mount Cook Airline.
"For operators like Air New Zealand, a Fleet Enhancement Program is a great alternative to overhauling high-time engines," said Raffaele Virgili, Vice President, Customer Service, P&WC. "The program provides factory-fresh engines that feature the latest in technology, a new-engine factory warranty program, new life-limited components and increased resale value."
"With a FEP there is also the additional benefit of not having to deploy rental engines while overhauls are completed," said Virgili. "A Fleet Enhancement Program can bring added value to operators with high-time, high-cycle engines that are coming due for overhaul."