NBAA 2008, Orlando, Florida, October 7, 2008 – Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) has signed an 11-year Fleet Management Program agreement with private jet charter company JetSuite to maintain its new fleet of PW617F-powered Embraer Phenom 100 aircraft. Pratt & Whitney Canada is a United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) company.
P&WC will provide comprehensive engine maintenance services under its FMP® program for JetSuite’s fleet of 50 aircraft orders and 50 options. Engine coverage includes both scheduled and unscheduled engine maintenance and Engine Trend Condition Monitoring (ETCM).
"This agreement confirms the competitiveness of P&WC’s Fleet Management Programs and the effectiveness of our global customer support network in fully meeting the maintenance needs of this emerging market segment," said Eva Azoulay, director, Commercial Services & Support, P&WC.
JetSuite plans to operate a fleet of 11 Phenom 100 aircraft next year from Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and to then add two aircraft per month to serve areas in western United States, Alaska, Canada and Mexico.
"This FMP program will provide stability and predictability to our operation with regards to engine maintenance and allow us to focus more on our customers," said Alex Wilcox, CEO and President of JetSuite. "The agreement is sure also to satisfy our customers, lessors and lenders as we grow our fleet, and is key to sustaining our stunning operating cost advantage."
P&WC also offers its Eagle Service Plan (ESP® program) to PW617 Phenom 100 customers worldwide to help them effectively meet their engine maintenance needs.
P&WC has the most extensive support network in the industry. All P&WC engines are backed by its global customer service network, including the Customer First Centre for 24-7 frontline assistance, over 30 P&WC-owned and designated service facilities, field representatives located worldwide, mobile repair teams available around the clock, the largest pool of P&WC rental and exchange engines in the industry and advanced engine diagnostics.
Based in California and Nevada, JetSuite is the largest U.S. customer for the Embraer Phenom 100. JetSuite plans to commence service in the second quarter of 2009, once it receives the necessary government approvals. More information on JetSuite's launch plans can be found by visiting www.jetsuite.com.
Pratt & Whitney Canada, based in Longueuil, Quebec, is a world leader in the design, manufacture and service of aircraft engines powering business, general aviation and regional aircraft, and helicopters. The company also offers auxiliary power units and industrial gas turbines. United Technologies, based in Hartford, Conn., USA, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the global aerospace and building industries.