PS-90A engines on Tu airplanes work a total of more than 1 million hours

Perm/October 25, 2012. In October 2012 the total number of hours worked by the PS-90A aviation engines installed on Tu airplanes exceeded 1 million hours, totalling 1,000,991 hours.

Today across airlines in three countries Russia, China, and Cuba there are 41 Tu airplanes (Tu-204 and Tu-214 in various versions) equipped with PS-90A engines. Since the beginning of 2012, Perm engines have worked for more than 86,000 hours on the wing of Tu planes, or more than 22,840 flight cycles. And the time for an engine to work without repair exceeded 2,000 flight cycles.

Alexei Mikhalev, Managing Director of Perm Engine Company:

It is symbolic that PS-90A engine has achieved another significant operational milestone as we are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Tupolev design firm. All this time, the aircraft designers have worked in close cooperation with the Perm engine-builders, which has led to many bright points in the history of domestic and global aviation.

Today our partnership continues to develop: certification testing is nearly finished on the Tu-204SM, which will clear the sky for the joint development with Pratt & Whitney and with the improved operational characteristics of PS-90A2 engine. And we will significantly improve the lifespan of PS-90A engines currently in operation by overhauling them up to the latest PS-90A3u version, developed at the Perm Engine Company.

Additional information the most famous airplanes and Perm-built engines developed by the Tupolev design firm:

Tu-2 a frontline dive-bomber with ASH-82FN engines, one of the best bombers in WW2.

Tu-4 a long-haul heavy bomber, the Soviet flying fortress fitted with the most powerful reciprocating engines in the post-war world, ASH-73TK.

Tu-124 short-haul airplane with D-20P engines, developed and launched in Perm the first passenger airplane in the world with turbo-fan double-flow engines.

Tu-134/Tu-154 the biggest and most famous domestic civil aircraft, their D-30 engines in various versions from the 1960s-1990s were the main engines for USSR civil airplanes.

Perm Engine Company (PMZ) mass produces aviation engines for civil and military applications, as well as industrial gas turbine units for power stations and gas transportation.

PMZ is a part of the United Engine Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of OBORONPROM specializing in engine-building assets.

OBORONPROM is a multi-faceted machine-building group of companies, founded in 2002. It is a part of the Russian Technologies Group of Companies. Its primary activities include helicopter building (Russian Helicopters), and engine-building (UEC).