US firm to wash Nacil aircraft engines

US firm to wash Nacil aircraft engines

Mumbai: The National Aviation Company of India Ltd (Nacil), which runs national carrier Air India, on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement with aircraft engine- maker Pratt and Whitney to set up an engine-wash facility at the city’s international airport.

Besides engine-wash of the flag-carrier’s aircraft, the facility, to be set up at the Mumbai International airport, would also undertake work from third parties, a company press release said.

Pratt & Whitney is a division of the US-based United Technologies Corp. It runs the service under the brand name, EcoPower engine wash service.

The company claims that its EcoPower engine wash system reduces fuel burn by as much as 1.2%, eliminating three pounds of carbon dioxide emissions for every pound of fuel saved. It also decreases the engine gas temperature thus increasing the amount of time an engine can stay on wing.

The Mumbai service center will have the ability to perform washes on nearly all commercial engines in service including the PW4000, CFM56-5/-7, V2500, CF6-80C2 and GE90-100, the release said.

"Air India will offer to its customers the unique advantage of EcoPower engine wash services in India,“ Air India’s engineering Strategic Business Unit Head K M Unni, said, adding that this would help airlines reduce their operating costs and emissions.

“This partnership will expand the availability of EcoPower engine wash services to India, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets," Pratt & Whitney’s Line Maintenance Services Director Joanne Hastings said.