Honeywell to Provide Fuel-Efficient APU to Hainan Airlines A320 Aircraft
Auxiliary Power Unit Can Stem Fuel Consumption by 5 Percent
PHOENIX.- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it will provide Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) and a 10-year maintenance program to Hainan Airlines of China for 13 new Airbus A320 aircraft in a contract valued at more than $11 million.
“Honeywell’s APU is averaging more than 10,000 hours between unscheduled repair events, a more than 60 percent improvement over other APUs in its class size,” said Mike Madsen, Vice President, Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. Honeywell’s on-aircraft maintenance costs are up to 36 percent less than other APUs because of the simple design.”
Honeywell’s 131-9A APU is the most commonly used APU for single-aisle commercial transport, totaling more than 1,700 APUs in service including forward-fit and retrofit. An APU is a small gas-powered turbine engine that provides bleed air for main engine starting and electrical power for cockpit and galley systems. Honeywell introduced the 131-9A in 1998 and continues technological advances to the design – a recent de-rate modification reduces fuel consumption by 5 percent. The 131-9A APU reduces emissions and fuel consumption over the life of the APU. The total cost of ownership is further reduced by high reliability and low maintenance costs.
The contract with Hainan Airlines applies to new Airbus A320 aircraft ordered by Hainan, with deliveries scheduled from 2010 through 2012, and covers maintenance through 2022.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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