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Global engine maker Pratt & Whitney (P&W) on Tuesday said it has entered into an agreement with IndiGo under which it will provide maintenance services to the budget airline's ATR 72-600 planes' engine fleet, to be used for regional operations.
The 'Fleet Management Program' (FMP) maintenance contract with IndiGo for PW127M engines, that will power the airline's new fleet of ATR72-600 aircraft serving regional routes in India, will be in place for 10 years from the date of each engine's entry into service, and it can be extended further, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) said in a statement.
P&WC is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp of the US.
"This FMP will provide IndiGo with hands-on support as the engines progressively enter into service on the airline's new ATR72-600 fleet. IndiGo also chose to equip each of its new aircraft with our FAST (flight, acquisition, storage and transmission) prognostics solution," P&WC's vice president for regional airlines, Frdric Lefebvre, said.
The FAST is helping regional airlines around the world maximise aircraft availability, achieve compliance with their maintenance requirements and optimise their maintenance scheduling, he added.
Tailored specifically to IndiGo, the FMP plan will provide customised support to meet the companys technical and commercial needs, the statement said.
"IndiGo is a key operator for P&WC in India and the Asia Pacific market in general. This FMP agreement allows us to take a larger profile in India's growing aviation industry. We are committed to making the debut of our PW127M engine with IndiGos fleet, giving them the outstanding maintenance solutions," Lefebvre said.