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Lufthansa Technik wins first Australian airline customer for Cyclean engine wash service

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lufthansa Technik has secured its first Australian customer for its Cyclean engine washing technology.

The aviation services provider said on Friday Qantas had joined about 40 other carriers across five continents using its Cyclean Engine Wash service for the CFM56 powerplants on the airline’s Boeing 737-800 fleet.

The work has been licensed to 145 Aviation Services, a division of Permagard Australia Group.

Having secured Qantas as its first Australian customer at Melbourne, the company plans to add other Cyclean stations in Brisbane, Perth and Sydney.

“We are delighted to have won Qantas, Australia’s largest airline, as a customer,” Lufthansa Technik head of engine life cycle services Oliver Winter said in a statement.

“Following this successful launch in Melbourne, we want to continually expand our network of Cyclean stations around the country.”

Lufthansa Technik AG brought its mobile Cyclean engine wash service station van to Australia in March 2016. The vehicle was based in Melbourne conducting demonstrations of the technology for airline customers. It was also on display at the recently concluded Australian International Airshow at Avalon.

The company says engine washes using the Cyclean technology can be conducted directly at the gate, saving time and resources. Further, the process is about 70 per cent quicker and uses less water than other engine cleaning methods.

Some 80,000 engines have been cleaned using Cyclean, which is suitable for the leading engine manufacturers such as General Electric, Rolls-Royce, Pratt & Whitney, CFMI, and IAE.

The Permagard website said Cyclean sprays pre-heated water directly into the core engine at high pressure, which “provides a fine, evenly distributed amount of atomised water through the engine’s gas path”.

No post-wash engine runs are required, and the overall service time for each engine is less than one hour.

Link to the original article on Australian Aviation

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Permagard to appear at the Avalon 2017 Airshow

Friday, February 17, 2017

Permagard Aviation will be at the Avalon 2017 Airshow demonstrating the first in country Lufthansa Technik Cyclean® Technology

Friday, February 17, 2017


As part of our evolving relationship with Lufthansa Technik of Germany, Cyclean and Permagard Aviation will be on display at the Avalon Airshow 2017. This innovative jet engine wash technology is currently used around the world at over 35 locations, for more than 40 customers and has accomplished in excess of 60,000 washes. It is now available in Melbourne, Australia with future expansion to Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and other ports inevitable.

In addition to Cyclean®, Permagard will be promoting our other innovative products such as Antimicrobial Shield and Reactive Polymer Exterior Coatings along with our other 145 Aviation Services Interior Presentation and Management products.

Click here to download our E brochure.

Click here to download the Cyclean® Engine Wash brochure.

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Virgin Australia turboprops to get Permagard treatment

Friday, May 27, 2016

Virgin Australia’s ATR 72-500/600 turboprop fleet of 14 aircraft will carry a protective exterior coating from Permagard Australia.

The work to clean, prepare and apply the clear polymer seal to the aircraft exterior takes two days per frame and is being conducted at Virgin’s Brisbane engineering facility, Permagard said in a statement.

The contract to work on Virgin’s turboprops extends Permagard’s relationship with the Australian carrier, which began in 2007 when a Virgin Blue Boeing 737 was first aircraft to undergo the procedure.

Since then, Permagard has applied its protective coating, which filters out ultra violet light and protects aircraft paint from oxidising and fading, to Virgin’s 737s, Airbus A330s and Embraer E190 jets. Once the ATRs are completed, about 120 Virgin aircraft will have the coating, which also helps reduce cleaning time and cuts down the number of times an aircraft needs to be washed.

Permagard, which is headquartered in France, also works on airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar, Regional Express and QantasLink, as well as Air New Zealand and its subsidiaries.

Meanwhile, in April, Permagard said it had gained certification to apply an invisible, non-toxic “antimicrobial shield” to the interiors of Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

The antimicrobial shield takes about 45 minutes to apply to an empty aircraft interior, including the air conditioning ducts and filters. It is reapplied every 45 days.

This invisible coating bonds with all surfaces forming a dense, “microscopic shield or layer of sharp molecular pins”, Permagard said, which was “unaffected by regular aircraft cleaning processes”.

When a virus or pathogen makes contact with the layer, the cell walls of pathogen microbes are pierced and ruptured, disintegrating the microbe.

“It is a safe, highly effective process similar to antimicrobial treatments now used in hospitals and food processing plants,” Permagard group director Chris Plastow said in a statement.

“Airlines and air travellers have witnessed the emergence and worldwide impact of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Bird Flu (Avian Flu) Swine Flu (H1N1), Ebola and the continuing prevalence of other serious diseases such as Zika Virus and Norovirus.

“Antimicrobial treatment of public transport equipment is a new and important focus for airlines, railway operators, bus and shipping lines as well as border control organisations and public health authorities.

“The solution requires an approach of continual improvement, application of new science and technology and a willingness by transport operators to invest in their duty of care.”
Currently, modern aircraft air conditioning systems frequently filter and recirculate cabin air during the flight, while alcohol-based disinfectants are often used to clean surfaces when on the ground. 


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