Wed, Feb 18, 2009
Adds New Life To 38,000-Hour Turbofan
Pratt & Whitney's Columbus Engine Center in Georgia has
become the first in the world to retrofit an International Aero
Engines (IAE) V2500-A5 engine to the V2500 SelectOne engine.
Benefits of the retrofit include up to an additional one percent
lower fuel burn, and corresponding lower CO2 emissions, as well as
noise reduction and lower overall operating costs.
The V2500-A5 engine -- registration V10301, which belongs to US
Airways -- has been in service since February 16, 1998. It has more
than 38,000 hours on wing with nearly 15,000 cycles.
"This retrofit is important because it shows airlines that it is
possible to get even greater performance from one of their existing
assets," said Tom Mayes, vice president, Global Engine Centers,
Pratt & Whitney. "Providing this service results in up to an
additional one percent fuel burn saving that can go right to the
bottom line for airlines, at a time when the aviation environment
is especially challenging, is rewarding. We take pride in helping
our customers lower their operating costs."
The Columbus Engine Center opened in 1984 and has capabilities
to service both V2500-A1 and -A5 engines. The 215,000 sq. ft
-facility can overhaul up to 300 engines per year. The center
offers a variety of services including heavy maintenance, hot
section refurbishment, module repair, inspection, performance
enhancements and engine testing.
IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders
comprise Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, the Japanese Aero
Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. More than 1,600
V2500-powered aircraft have been delivered and the worldwide fleet
has accumulated over 70 million flying hours.
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