Honeywell by Aircraft Size and Category - Part III

January 31, 2017 | Author: Jeremy Dingman

Our first two installments detailed Honeywell’s presence on 14 categories of business aircraft, ranging from super-large corporate airliners in Part I all the way to single-engine turboprops in Part II. We based our categories on the FlightGlobal “Pocket Guide” (which never has fit in my pocket…maybe they mean “pocket of my carry-on bag”).

We turn now to the decidedly non-pocket-size airliners to see what sort of equipment Honeywell provides in terms of both mechanical and avionics systems.

We’ll go alphabetically and in general order of size, starting with Airbus.


  1. Airbus A320

    The A320 family was developed to compete with the 737 “Classics” and then-McDonnell Douglas MD-80/90s. Nowadays we refer to the A320ceo (“current engine option”) and A320neo ("new engine option") models—as with other Airbus aircraft. On the mechanical side, Honeywell supplies auxiliary power units (APUs), air and thermal systems and heat exchangers. For electronics, we provide inertial navigation with the air data inertial reference system (ADIRS) and air data modules (ADMs).

    As we’ll see, a great variety of airline-selectable equipment — satellite communications (SATCOM), collision avoidance (TCAS), data link, enhanced ground proximity warning systems (EGPWS), flight management systems (FMS), weather radar, among other systems — is also found on the A320.


  2. Airbus A330

    The A330, developed in parallel with the now-out-of-production four-engine A340, dates back to the mid-1970s as a derivatives of the European syndicate’s first airliner, the A300.

    Honeywell supplies APUs, air/thermal systems, aircraft lighting, heat exchangers and pneumatic systems. As with the A320, on the avionics side, we provide ADIRS and ADMs as well as the usual complement of buyer-furnished systems.


  3. Airbus A350

    The Airbus A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body), originally conceived in 2004, is a family of long-range, twin-engine wide-body jet airliners that took its first flight in 2013 — so it’s still too young to have a “ceo” and “neo.”

    Honeywell's integrated mechanical components helped make the aircraft more efficient, reliable and comfortable than any other current Airbus platform with APUs, air/thermal systems and electric power generation. Avionics-wise, we keep the XWB flying safely with flight management and the integrated Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS) which includes EGPWS, TCAS/Mode S transponder and digital weather radar, reducing as many as eight avionics boxes down to two while increasing cockpit efficiency.

  4. Airbus A380
  5. The world's largest passenger airliner, the A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner that made its first flight in 2005 and entered service in 2007.

    Honeywell supplies wheels and brakes, pneumatics, heat exchangers, electric power and engine actuation. For avionics, we supply FMS, SATCOM, inertial navigation and, as with the A350, the integrated AESS comprising EGPWS, TCAS/Mode S transponder and digital weather radar.

    Now let’s turn to Boeing (and we’d like to point out that the proper usage is either “Boeing” followed by the “7x7” number or simply the numeral on its own, as with “737” since the company had the foresight to trademark their “7” numbers.


  6. Boeing 737
    Mechanically, Honeywell provides air and thermal Systems, APUs, fuel controls, lighting, pneumatics and actuation systems on either the Next Generation 737 or the upcoming fourth-generation model, the 737 MAX. Electronically, Honeywell supplies cockpit displays, the ADIRS inertial navigation system and EGPWS.

  7. Boeing 767 
  8. On the 767, you’ll find much the same equipage as the 737, plus cabin pressure control systems. Avionics include the inertials and EGPWS.

  9. Boeing 787 
  10. Boeing's most fuel-efficient airliner, the 787, aka “Dreamliner,” has Honeywell heat exchangers, airframe valves, lighting and pneumatics. Avionics include the flight management system, flight control computers, inertials, air data, EGPWS, flight data acquisition and management (FDAMS), data link software and emergency locator transmitters (ELT).

  11. Boeing 777
  12. The “Triple Seven,” the world’s largest twinjet, has a variety of Honeywell air and thermal systems, APU, heat exchangers, electric power generation and pneumatics. Electronically, the 777 debuted the innovative concept of integrated modular avionics, including displays, FMS, ADIRS, EGPWS, FDAM and data link (I’ll spare you the additional acronyms for that.)

  13. Boeing 747
  14. The 747-400 and third generation 747, the 747-8 — the next U.S. presidential aircraft — has Honeywell air and thermal systems, heat exchangers, aircraft lighting and pneumatics. Honeywell supplies the flight management system, inertial navigation and EGPWS.

Hope you enjoyed this tour of aircraft models from the very largest bizjets to the very smallest and then back to the largest with commercial airliners.

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy Dingman

Jeremy is a Senior Channel Marketing Specialist in the Business and General Aviation division of Honeywell Aerospace. Jeremy joined Honeywell in October of 2015 and has a background in copy writing, digital marketing, sales and social media in the financial industry.

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