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Performance Fleet Improving

The Arctic Circle’s dangerously cold temperatures and constant threat of ice can produce some of the harshest operating conditions for all aircraft types, pushing performance and reliability to its limits. Nobody knows this better than the team at Wideroe.

The largest regional airline in Scandinavia, Wideroe has been operating throughout the Arctic Circle for more than 80 years, and serves more than twice as many airports in Norway than any other airline.

Operating from Bodo, Norway, Wideroe’s fleet consists of 41 Bombardier Dash 8s turboprop aircraft, all of which must operate in conditions well north of home base and often to remote locations. Besides its all-Dash 8 fleet, another constant in Wideroe’s never-ending push for consistent operational reliability has been Eastman Turbo Oil.

Wideroe uses Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 in its Pratt & Whitney PW100/150 engines fleet-wide. The airline has come to depend on the product’s superior low temperature characteristics, load-carrying capability, cleanliness and elastomer compatibility to keep their aircraft running at the highest performance level possible while they complete more than 400 daily flights.

“We operate one of the most experienced PW100PW150 fleets in the world,” said Kjell Litangen, engineering manager, Wideroe. “Couple that with the harsh conditions we operate in every day, we have to be constantly focused on the performance reliability of our aircraft.”

The airline has operated an all-Dash 8 fleet since 2000. In 2012, it became the first carrier in the world to operate all four variants of the Dash 8 simultaneously.

“We have used Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 in our fleet for decades and have come to trust the reliability and proven performance of our aircraft while using the product,” Litangen said.

One of the most widely used turbine oils in commercial aviation, Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 has been in service for half a century It was among the first turbine oils to be qualified and approved for MIL-PRF-23699 STD (Standard) class and subsequently SAE AS5780 SPC (Standard Performance Capability) class.

But its real value is the consistently high performance level it brings to operators, no matter how extreme their operating conditions may be.

“Wideroe is an impressive example of an airline that has been able to operate successfully in a harsh and challenging environment,” said Rodger Harris, global commercial director, Eastman Aviation Solutions.  “Wideroe’s extensive history in the region coupled with the proven reliability of Eastman Turbo Oil 2380 has cultivated a strong and successful partnership over the years. We look forward to supporting the company and their fleet well into the future.”

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