Airlines making the switch to HPC turbine engine oils celebrating
improved engine conditions
Kingsport, TN, September 29, 2015 – Airlines in the Middle East are celebrating improved engine conditions following several recent fleet conversions to High Performance Capable (HPC) turbine engine oils.
Oman Air, flagship carrier of the Sultanate of Oman’s civil aviation sector, is the latest airline in the region to announce successful results in engine cleanliness and performance in its Trent 700 and CF34 engines.
Lead engineers from the airline have reported consistent improvements during engine shop visits and routine borescope inspections since the conversion, a discovery which has now prompted the airline to follow suit with its 15 Boeing 737s.
Oman Air Chief Technical Officer Salim Al-Kindy said changing the grade of oil in its Boeing 737s to HPC was a strategic choice which, judging by experience, the airline expects will pay off considerably.
“We originally chose to use Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 in our A330 (Trent 700) and ERJ 175 (CF34) fleets in the hope that HPC oil would give us notable improvements in engine health, and we have been very impressed,” Mr. Salim said.
“Initially, we believed the conversion would be a time consuming and daunting task, however, with a proactive plan in place and support from Eastman, we were able to make the switch relatively quickly and easily,” added Mr. Salim.
“We expect that changing our 737s over to Eastman Turbo Oil 2197 will particularly help us to avoid coking in the rear oil sump tube which can block oil flow to the No.4 and No.5 bearings,” said Mr. Salim.
“We have accumulated significant experience with Eastman Turbo Oil 2197, operating in a variety of conditions and we are very happy with the performance of the oil,” concluded Mr. Salim.
Eastman Aviation Solutions Global Commercial Director Rodger Harris said it wasn’t surprising that more airlines were choosing HPC over standard grade oil.
“It is fantastic to be receiving customer feedback that solidifies our belief in such a valuable product,” Mr. Harris said.
“The feedback we continue to receive from our airline customers validates our longstanding position that HPC is indeed the way of the future,” concluded Mr. Harris.
About Oman Air
Oman Air commenced air operations in 1993 as a flagship company of the Sultanate of Oman’s Civil Aviation sector. As Oman’s key air carrier, Oman Air has experienced exponential growth over the years to become a key contributor in making Muscat a major traffic hub in the Middle East. The Oman Air fleet consists of most modern and fuel- efficient aircraft with aesthetically designed interiors. Investment in new technology, planning and product innovation has propelled Oman Air to the forefront of the aviation industry.
About Eastman Aviation Solutions
Eastman Aviation Solutions, a dedicated team within Eastman Chemical Company, is an aviation fluids supplier that focuses on providing industry-leading products, technical resources, dedicated support and improved service to the commercial and regional airline, corporate aviation, and helicopter industries. As a leading turbine oil and hydraulic fluid provider, Eastman Aviation Solutions combines their industry recognized brands Skydrol® aviation hydraulic fluids and SkyKleen® aviation solvents with Eastman Turbo Oils (formally BP turbo oils), merging over a century of experience in aviation fluids, and offering them to customers under one unique brand. Eastman delivers innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment of safety and sustainability to their global customer base. Serving approximately 100 countries, Eastman Aviation Solutions products are available throughout the world via approved distributors and direct sale opportunities. To learn more visit www.EastmanAviationSolutions.com.
About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2014 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.
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