Europe’s largest Piaggio Avanti operator, AirGo Private Airline, has received Pratt & Whitney Canada approval for an increase in the time-between-overhaul (TBO) interval for its PT6A-66B and similar engines that power its fleet of five managed Avanti II and Avanti EVO turboprop twins.
The interval increases from 3,600 hours to 4,100 hours or 12 years, whichever occurs first, and applies to engines operated and maintained by AirGo for more than 50 percent of the currently recommended TBO interval until the fleet’s overhaul.
“This TBO increases the engine lifetime by 14 percent and reduces maintenance cost for our Avanti II and EVO owners significantly,” explained Daniela Flierl, CEO of German charter provider. “I am very proud of this achievement for our Avanti fleet, which reflects our continued focus on product improvement and business commitment to ensure our customers are operating the most cost-efficient and optimal aircraft in this segment.”
In addition to its current five aircraft, the approval will be applicable to any new Avanti EVOs acquired by the company.