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Southwest renews P&W EcoPower wash deal

Southwest Airlines has renewed its contract with Pratt & Whitney – begun in 2007 – for the engine maker to provide EcoPower engine wash services on the carrier’s fleet of CFM56-7B engines.

In 2009, Pratt & Whitney performed 1,200 washes on Southwest’s fleet, which resulted in fuel savings of about $12.5 million and a reduction of more than 160 million pounds of CO2 emissions. In 2010, the engine wash programme could save Southwest Airlines as much as $17.5 million in fuel while eliminating up to 188 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

The engine washes will continue to be performed at Pratt & Whitney’s service centres in Orlando, FL, and Oakland, CA.

"Southwest Airlines continues to use the EcoPower engine wash service based on the benefits the service provides," said Johnny Holley, senior powerplant engineer with the airline. "By using this service, we can save money and reduce our environmental footprint at the same time."

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