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Aviation News Nyco on the up in commercial aviation

Nyco on the up in commercial aviation

Romain Guillot
05 JUL 2017 | 596 words
Nyco on the up in commercial aviation
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Nyco, the French specialist in lubricants for the aviation industry, took the opportunity provided by at this year's Paris Air Show to announce that it had won a major contract with easyJet. The British low cost airline has selected the Turbonycoil 600 standard synthetic turbine oil for the CFM56-5B which power its whole Airbus single-aisle fleet, i.e. the 272 A319s and A320s. According to this agreement, easyJet will also be using Turbonycoil 600 on the LEAP-1As with which its 100 A320neos and 30 A321neos ordered will be equipped. Its very first A320neo was also received a few days ago and is now based at London Luton Airport.

Guillaume Forestier, Nyco's Aeronautics and Defence branch director, says that this is a real achievement given the size of the British low cost airline's fleet. Under this agreement, all the new Airbus single-aisle aircraft delivered to the British airline will exit the FAL in Toulouse and Finkenwerder filled up with Nyco oil.

Guillaume Forestier told us that the year had started on a particularly good note with the signature two months ago of a similar contract with a major Asian airline. "At the moment, there are huge changes in commercial aviation", he was happy to tell us, reminding us that Nyco had been present in this sector for the past 5-6 years with the signature of its first contracts with airlines such as Air Arabia in the Middle East.

Guillaume Forestier also reminded us that Nyco's aviation activities were created in the 1950s and focused first of all on the defence sector, thanks to France's desire to be independent in terms of its aviation lubricants. Since then, Nyco has become the leader in the defence market with over a hundred armed forces customers today. Turbonycoil 600 oil, which is also used on the Rafale and the A400M, is qualified for all the engines produced by CFM International.

As an aside, Guillaume Forestier told us that this oil had originally been qualified for the CFM56-2 of the French air force's KC-135s when the tanker aircraft were re-engined. Since then, thanks to Nyco's successes over the last few years, Safran Aircraft Engines has qualified the lubricant on the LEAP-1A (A320neo) and -1B (737 MAX). And that's not all; Turbonycoil 600 is also qualified on Pratt & Whitney's GTF Purepower, making it the product of choice in the single aisle market. What's more, Guillaume Forestier announced that Nyco now wants to make a more advanced contribution to the new programmes and in the same way wants to be seen as a component provider rather than just a simple lubricant supplier.

As the director of Nyco's Aeronautics and Defence branch explained to us, this breakthrough in commercial aviation hasn't been easy. "Unlike defence where we buy specifications, brand names are important in the civilian sector". He reminded us that Nyco had carried out a huge amount of work to impose its products in technical documentations and make them more visible to operators.

Guillaume Forestier also told us that Nyco is backed up by a significant distribution network, with stocks based at Roissy CDG (via OEMServices, the JV between Thales, Zodiac, Liebherr and Diehl), Singapore, Atlanta and New Delhi. Generally speaking, the airlines themselves ensure that there are lubricants at each of their stop-overs for "Top Up" operations, but Nyco also has a dedicated AOG service for customers under contract to deliver to them anywhere around the world in a few days, even if immobilisations due to lubricants are pretty rare.
Romain Guillot
Chief editor
Cofounder of Journal de l'Aviation and Alertavia


 
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