“The transition to a high performance capable oil was part of the airline’s strategy to maintain its low-cost position while improving operational performance and safety,” Correnti says.
The Air BP Lubricants Technical Service team provides a comprehensive transition program to make the conversion process as seamless as possible. This experienced team has guided many operators through the conversion process, which is consistent with OEM requirements. A disciplined change management process is required including the preparation of appropriate Engineering Orders and provision of placards identifying the HPC oil to be used. As part of ABPL service, we also offer customers post-conversion support to ensure engineers maximize the benefits of a HPC oil and have access to the BP’s on-line Turbine Oil Academy – an exhaustive knowledge database and modular learning tool.
The future is here
The future for HPC class oils is looking certain as increased thermal regimes within new generation engines continue escalating, while incentives for developing new SPC class oils all but fade away. In evidence of this increasing usage, BP recently announced that our 2197 turbo oil had accumulated more than 250 million hours of on-wing experience and was chosen by Airbus for the first test and public flights of the A350 XWB.
So, more than ever before, it is critical for maintenance teams to consider the oil needs of their airlines with HPC oils top-of-mind, as they become the standard in meeting the demanding lubrication needs of modern engines, now and into the future.
The milestone, which coincides with the oil’s 15th anniversary, effectively means that BPTO 2197 has lubricated engines travelling the equivalent distance of six million trips around the world.
Drawing on customers’ own operational data, the web-based ‘tool’ allows Air BP technical sales staff to calculate and show potential benefits.
Nesma Airlines' switch to Air BP Lubricants High Performance Capable (HPC) Turbine Oil 2197 (BPTO 2197) has resulted in better engine performance, reduced maintenance issues and notable cost savings.