The savings can be significant. An operator of 20 Airbus A320 aircraft with a history of No. 5 bearing problems could potentially save $160,000 every 6,000 hours by trading up to ASTO 560 from a standard oil. This is based on estimates of oil-service-tube inspection and cleaning costs in which 10% of the engines need new parts.*
Safety and efficiency are the aviation industry’s priorities.
We offer a comprehensive range of products that can help aircraft operators and maintenance organisations to reduce costs, simplify operations and remove the risk of incorrect product application:
- AeroShell Turbine Engine Oils such as AeroShell Turbine Oil 560 (ASTO 560) and now AeroShell Ascender, the first new formulation to meet the new civil SAE AS 5780A specification.
AeroShell Ascender sets a new benchmark for high performance turbine oils as the first new formulation to fly through the new civil turbine oil specification SAE AS 5780A approval process. It is designed for the new generation of jet engines where conditions are hotter and the maintenance intervals are longer.
It has been specifically developed to provide the optimum balance between low coking and elastomer compatibility for minimal downtime, greater reliability, reduced maintenance costs and better performance in the air and on the balance sheet.
- AeroShell Greases, including AeroShell Grease 33, which is the factory-fill airframe grease for all Boeing aircraft and the Airbus A380
AeroShell Grease 33 is the multipurpose airframe grease that leading global airlines trust. It has logged millions of hours of in-flight experience and is approved for use by major airframe manufacturers. Of the 359 grease application points on a Boeing 737, all but nine can be lubricated with AeroShell Grease 33, which helps to simplify maintenance and inventories, and reduce the risk of product misapplication.
- AeroShell hydraulic fluids, including AeroShell Shock Strut Fluid and AeroShell Landing Gear Fluid.
Although Shell Aviation offers a range of turbine engine oils, operators of mixed aircraft fleets are increasingly opting to use a single oil such as ASTO 560 or AeroShell Ascender. Their newer engines need an oil like ASTO 560 that meets the MIL-PRF-23699 high thermal stability specification, but ASTO 560 is also approved for use in their older engines.
Using one type of oil for all their engines simplifies inventories and removes the risk of using unsuitable oils.
*Where inspection and cleaning of the oil service tubes takes 12 hours per engine at an average labour rate of $85/h and parts cost $120,000. Excludes loss of revenue and other operational costs.