The Arrius 2B2 engine offers an increased T.B.O. of 4,000 hours

Anaheim, 22 February 2009

The time between overhaul (T.B.O.) of the Turbomeca Arrius 2B2 engine is today increased from 3,500 to 4,000 hours.



This extension of T.B.O. was possible thanks to customers' compliance with Turbomeca's operating recommendations and enhanced customer communication which included the exchange of valuable experience from the field.

It has been proven that the Arrius 2B2 engines reached the full T.B.O. in very good condition.

This extension is also due to engineering efforts engaged by Turbomeca to design an optimized product.

This T.B.O. extension is available to any operator who has configured their engine to the latest technical upgrades.

"This extension demonstrates the Arrius 2B2 improved technology and reliability. It has been also possible because of the high-ranking quality of customers' maintenance systems." said Didier Desnoyer, VP & General Manager, Operators.



The Arrius 2B2 powers the twin-engine light eight-seater Eurocopter EC135. It is used for a wide variety of missions, including EMS, VIP transport and police work.

The family of Arrius engines rely on a solid experience of more than 2,300 delivered engines, accumulating close to four million flight hours. Turbomeca worldwide network already provides the after sales support of Arrius for 430 customers in 60 countries.




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Turbomeca (SAFRAN Group) is the leading helicopter engine manufacturer, and has produced over 50 000 turbines based on its own designs since the company was founded. With 2,350 customers in over 155 countries, Turbomeca provides a proximity service thanks to its 15 sites, 26 TurboSupport Centers, 24 repair centers and 90 Field representatives and Field technicians. Microturbo, the subsidiary of Turbomeca, is the European leader in turbojet engines for missiles, drones and auxiliary power units.

Contacts

Bettina Frey | Tel. +33 (0)5 59 90 96 23 | bettina.frey@turbomeca.fr

Chantal Reiss | Tel. +33 (0)5 59 90 96 40 | chantal.reiss@turbomeca.fr