Tue, Nov 04, 2008
Great Wall First Chinese Airline To Do So
Given the everpresent smog and
pollution that hangs over many Chinese cities, one may be forgiven
for not equating the growing superpower with
environmentally-friendly policies... but one Chinese cargo carrier
hopes to change that, while saving fuel in the process.
Great Wall Airlines signed an agreement this week at Airshow
China 2008 to use Pratt & Whitney's EcoPower engine wash
service on its fleet of PW4056 engines through 2010. All engines
washes will be conducted at EcoPower's Amsterdam service
Pratt & Whitney's patented EcoPower washes reduce engine
fuel burn by as much as 1.2 percent, eliminate three pounds of
carbon dioxide emissions for every pound of fuel saved, and
decrease engine exhaust gas temperature (EGT) by as much as 15
degrees Celsius, improving performance and increasing the amount of
time an engine can stay on wing. This is the first Chinese customer
for EcoPower service.
Pratt & Whitney launched EcoPower in late 2004 and has
completed nearly 4,000 washes for more than 60 customers at 50
locations. The EcoPower engine wash service uses a closed-loop
system with pure, atomized water to wash aircraft engines, thus
avoiding potential contaminant runoff.
Based at Shanghai Pudong Airport, Great Wall Airlines is a joint
venture company among Beijing Aerospace Satellite Applications
Corporation, Singapore Airlines Cargo and Dahlia Investments. Great
Wall Airlines' network covers major cargo hubs in Amsterdam,
Manchester, Incheon, Seattle and Chicago.
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