Multi-Million Dollar Agreement Extended for 20 Years on 131-9A and 331-500 APUs
PHOENIX, July 29, 2010 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that British Airways has extended its Maintenance Support Agreement  for auxiliary power units (APUs) on its Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-400c, B757/767 and B777 aircraft in a multi-million dollar contract.
“Honeywell’s aftermarket solution provides low, predictable repair costs, eliminating volatility in repair expenses, and enabling British Airways to improve maintenance forecasting,” said Mike Madsen, vice president of Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. “Our OEM quality, 24/7 support and global repair centers, logistics networks and field service engineering teams ensure our APUs are operating at optimal performance on British Airways’ aircraft, with minimal operational disruption.”
The contract extension covers Honeywell’s classic APU models for seven years, and the 131-9A  and 331-500 APUs for 20 years.
“We are pleased to have extended our partnership with Honeywell,” said Garry Copeland, director of Engineering at British Airways. “The quality and reliability of service Honeywell provides has allowed us to plan maintenance more effectively and as a result, minimize aircraft downtime.”
An APU is a small turbine engine that provides bleed air for the main engine starting and cabin conditioning as well as electrical power for cockpit and galley systems.
Honeywell’s 131-9A is the most commonly used APU for single-aisle commercial transport, operating on more than 1,700 aircraft. It averages more than 10,000 hours between unscheduled repair events, a more than 60 percent improvement over other APUs in its class size.
The 331-500 APUs mean time between repairs (MTBR) is more than 7,800 hours worldwide, providing operators with a low cost of maintenance and ownership. With more than 12 million hours of service, the 331-500 is backed by service at Honeywell’s global network of authorized service centers, which emphasizes quality, turnaround time and regionally located engine banks.
Honeywell equipment available on Airbus aircraft include fuel controls, electric power systems, communication/navigation radios, traffic/ground/weather surveillance systems, flight management system, inertial navigation systems, environmental control systems, wheels, brakes, and exterior LED lighting.
Honeywell equipment available on Boeing aircraft includes the auxiliary power unit, cabin management system and services, communication, navigation and information management, displays, environmental control system, electric power, electronic fuel controls, flight controls, flight management systems, lighting, mechanical components, surveillance equipment, wheels and brakes.
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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