The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has certified the new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127N turboprop to power the ATR 72-600. The PW127N offers 4.5 percent more takeoff power for better hot-and-high performance. Plans call for the PW127N to progressively roll into Avianca’s ATR fleet throughout this year and next. ATR expects to deliver the first Avianca ATR 72-600 equipped with the new engines “in the coming weeks,” allowing the airline to benefit from better takeoff performance at high-altitude airports such as its hub in Bogota, Colombia.
Colombia’s Avianca Airlines and ATR have signed a 10-year maintenance contract covering the Medellin-based carrier’s new fleet of ATR 72-600s. Under the so-called Global Maintenance Agreement, ATR will provide repair and overhaul services for the fleet and completely manage line-replaceable units, the maintenance and availability of aircraft parts and components, the advanced exchange pool of services, and a parts inventory at its logistics center in Miami. In late 2012 Avianca signed a purchase agreement with ATR for a fleet of 15 ATR 72-600s, and took an option for 15 more.
Latin American airline group AviancaTaca signed a firm purchase order for 15 ATR 72-600s last month and reserved options on another 15 of the new turboprops. Potentially worth $700 million, the contract calls for deliveries to start in June.
Hamilton Sundstrand has signed an agreement with Fokker Services to provide spare parts in support of Fokker repair work at its Amsterdam facility. The purchase contract, which runs through 2016, is valued at $33.2 million. It covers “integrated drive generators and other equipment” for aircraft built mainly by Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Fokker.
The U.S. company has also announced three maintenance and support deals with airlines here at the show:
Colombian carrier Aces will return eight ATR 42 turboprops to leasing companies as part of a reorganization plan by parent group Alianza Summa. Last month Summa announced a 30-percent cut in both its fleet and its workforce of some 7,500 employees as its flagship airline, Avianca, struggled to emerge from bankruptcy.
Adding to impressive sales tallies announced here this week, engine maker CFM said it landed South America’s Avianca as a customer for the CFM56B-5B engine to power 33 Airbus A319/A320s in a deal worth $500 million.