Local media in Poland is reporting the announcement of a contract between the Ministry of Health and Pratt & Whitney for the purchase of engines for their EC135 fleet. Pratt & Whitney Canada Customer Service Center Europe GmbH has been contracted to provide 48 new engines, made up of 35 PW206B2 and 13 PW206B3. The contract was concluded on 6th October, and is valued at 132 million złoty excluding VAT – at current exchange rates this is US$ 33.4 million.
The contract includes the exchange of the same number of existing engines, and it would thus appear that new engines are an easier solution rather than overhauling the existing ones.
Polish Medical Air Rescue operates 23 EC135P2+ and 4 EC135P3 helicopters from 22 bases, and the fleet is close to achieving 90,000 flying hours.