Collins Aerospace aims to reduce 568F propeller cost of ownership up to 20 percent with new program for ATR 42/72 operators

  • Program includes technology upgrades, expanded field support for more than 900 ATR aircraft in over 100 countries

FIGEAC, France (June 13, 2019) – Operators of ATR 42 and ATR 72 turboprop aircraft now have access to a new propeller cost of ownership program from Collins Aerospace Systems that is designed to reduce average fleet operating costs by up to 20 percent. The program for the 568F six-blade propeller made by Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), includes lifecycle technology upgrades as well as expanded field support.

Based on more than 30 million flight hours of 568F propeller service experience, field data collection including direct feedback from operators, intensive research and technology investments, Collins Aerospace crafted the solution for ATR operators to address the competitive environment of regional turboprops today. Under the program, Collins Aerospace will incrementally introduce advanced technologies and materials for the propeller in the areas of deicing, protective layers and treatment, pitch change systems and chromium-free solutions. These enhancements will increase the system’s durability on wing and optimize its maintenance cost.

In addition, Collins Aerospace will increase its propeller maintenance customer field support for ATR 42/72 aircraft equipped with the 568F through data analytics, advanced diagnostic and additional training capacity. The new customer care team will develop specific tools to collect data, monitor the progress of the cost of ownership program in real time, foster best line maintenance practices and make it easier to integrate the voice of the customer in product design.

“This program provides the more than 900 ATR 42/72 aircraft in over 100 countries world-class maintenance services and customer support, and demonstrates our commitment to achieving the best possible cost of ownership for our systems,” said Jean-Francois Chanut, general manager for Propeller Systems. “It supports ATR’s efforts to make turboprops the most economical and sustainable choice for operators, and we’re very proud of our collaboration with them.”

In March, Collins Aerospace broke ground on a new Propeller Center of Excellence at its facility in Figeac, France. The new center will support advanced design, engineering, testing, manufacturing and maintenance capabilities for the next generation of propeller technologies, including the new cost of ownership program for ATR.

About Collins AerospaceCollins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Created in 2018 by bringing together UTC Aerospace Systems and Rockwell Collins, Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About United Technologies CorporationUnited Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about the company, visit our website at www.utc.com or follow us on Twitter: @UTC.

About ATRATR is the world number one in the regional aviation market, designing, manufacturing and delivering modern turboprops. With a customer base fleet encompassing some 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries, ATR values and protects the uniqueness of all people and places and is at the heart of providing vital links between communities, connecting people and supporting businesses. The ATR 42 and ATR 72 are the best-selling aircraft in the market segment of 90 seats or less. Their operational efficiency and versatility help airlines expand their horizons by creating more than 100 new routes every year. Compared with regional jets and other turboprops, ATRs burn 40% less fuel and emit 40% less CO2. ATR is an equal partnership between leading aerospace firms Airbus and Leonardo, benefitting from a large global customer support network that allows it to deliver innovative services and solutions to its clients and operators all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com.

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