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Pratt & Whitney enhances provision of programmes
In the helicopter world, engine maintenance programmes facilitate quicker sales and higher prices, so P&WC's latest offerings represent an investment in an asset's future value.

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has released several enhancements and options to its engine maintenance and warranty programmes for helicopter operators. These include the Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) engine programme for used aircraft, the Eagle Service Plan (ESP) for single helicopter operators and a new Fleet Service Plan (FSP) for smaller helicopter fleets.

“We continue to develop innovative services for our customers,” says vice president of sales and marketing Irene Makris. “By monitoring trends and working to understand our customers' individual challenges, we've been able to respond with increasingly tailored solutions that are unique in our industry.”

Under the CPO programme, PT6B, PT6C, PT6T, PW200 and PW210 engines that pass a thorough certification inspection are eligible for a 500-hour or two-year warranty, whichever comes first. For buyers or sellers of used helicopters, the warranty and use of genuine P&WC parts and labour means peace of mind. For dealers, it means greater value for their used P&WC-powered helicopters, which could aid in the sales process.

The company has also sold its first FSP to a customer in the South Pacific. This new pay-per-hour maintenance programme is tailored to fleets of up to five helicopters powered by PT6C, PW200 and PW210 engines. It includes environmental coverage and three optional packages for parts coverage, rental engines and life-limited parts. This new offering complements two existing plans: the ESP for operators of single helicopters and the Fleet Management Program (FMP) for operators of large fleets.

“FSP addresses a previously unmet need in the market,” adds Makris. “By combining the simplicity of ESP with the flexibility of FMP, we are broadening our service offerings for customers, no matter the fleet size.”

Operators of in-production PW200 and PT6C-67C engines that are enrolled in ESP and becoming due for overhaul can, for a limited time, choose to apply their ESP contributions toward a new engine instead of an overhaul. With this new ESP new engine option, customers may benefit from the latest configuration and performance capabilities, higher aircraft residual value, increased availability and lower operating costs that come from having a new engine.

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