If you own or operate a King Air 90 or 200, a Piper Cheyenne I, II or IIXL or a Cessna Conquest I, Caravan 208 or 208B, you now can obtain upgraded Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A turboprop engines that are also covered by an hourly cost maintenance program.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI, Booth 606) and Blackhawk Modifications (Booth 2237) have entered a strategic alliance that gives JSSI customers that are operating these airplanes the opportunity to obtain new PT6A upgrades from Blackhawk at prices competitive with an overhaul of the engine. Conversely, Blackhawk’s existing and future customers can now be covered by JSSI’s engine maintenance program.
Blackhawk’s engine upgrades offer new-engine reliability, current-generation build specifications with latest service bulletin status, higher available horsepower, improved cruise speeds and more efficient fuel consumption at higher available altitudes. “There comes a time in the maintenance history of a turboprop aircraft that upgrading to new engines can be a wiser choice than overhauling existing ones,” said Kevin Thomas, senior vice president of business development and strategic planning at JSSI. “The expected benefits of improved performance and reliability available with PT6A new-engine upgrades from Blackhawk provide an attractive option for many of our PT6A hourly cost maintenance program customers.”
Jim Allmon, Blackhawk’s president and CEO, said, “Many of our PT6A new-engine customers are already existing JSSI customers or have expressed strong interest in becoming one. That’s why Blackhawk is so enthusiastic about this new JSSI/Blackhawk agreement.” Blackhawk Modifications will complete its 500th engine conversion in 2014.
Honoring Long-time Customers
Separately, JSSI is recognizing longstanding customers as part of its celebration of 25 years in business. Here at EBACE 2014 it is honoring Dannys Famin, chairman and CEO of Unijet, headquartered in Le Bourget, France.
“Shortly after JSSI was launched in the U.S. in 1989, there was great interest in our program coverage throughout Europe,” recalled Neil Book, JSSI president and CEO. “Unijet was one of the very first JSSI customers in Europe, and its aircrafts’ engines are still enrolled on our program after more than 20 years.”
Famin, an active business aviation advocate in Europe, is a member of the board of governors for the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA). He will be recognized as the longest-active European customer at JSSI’s EBACE booth tomorrow afternoon [Wednesday].
JSSI global headquarters is in Chicago, Illinois, while its European headquarters is located in Farnborough, UK. It also has regional offices in Hong Kong, Dubai and Rio de Janeiro.