Afrijet of Gabon has signed a 12-year Guaranteed Maintenance Cost Plan (GMCP) with Pratt & Whitney Canada to cover the engines on three ATR 72-600 aircraft that are on order. One of the aircraft will be powered by PW127M engines, while the other two will fly with new PW127XT-M engines.

“Our GMCP is a flexible, high-value “pay as you go” engine management solution that helps lock in lower operating costs and simplifies fleet operations management,” said Irene Makris, vice president, Customer Service, Pratt & Whitney Canada. “Tailored to suit the unique requirements of fleet operators and airlines, our GMCP allows customers to focus on their core business and eliminates the overhead and logistical challenges of operating a maintenance facility. It is our pleasure to welcome Afrijet on board as a valued customer.”

“By contracting this GMCP, Afrijet trusts Pratt & Whitney Canada to significantly improve cost predictability and engine maintenance-related cash flow management. We believe the maintenance solution developed by the manufacturer is well adapted to an airline of our size and we value Pratt & Whitney’s customized approach to our operating environment,” said Marc Gaffajoli CEO, Afrijet.

The PW127XT engine was launched at the 2021 Dubai Airshow, and promises 40% more time on wing, a 20% reduction in maintenance costs and 3% less fuel consumption.