The flight departed from Toulouse, France, and is equipped with the latest in Honeywell technologies. The flight marks a historic milestone with the launch of a new platform in the Airbus fleet and one of the largest development programs in Honeywell’s history.
The program development began back in 2007, with Honeywell being awarded the contract to supply Airbus with systems that would reduce operational costs and improve passenger comfort and safety. The program involved hundreds of employees from sites around the globe that contributed to this program, including Bangalore, Brno, Beijing, Hamburg, Mexicali, Olathe, Penang, Phoenix-Deer Valley, Phoenix-Engines, Redmond, South Bend, Tempe, Toronto, Torrance, Toulouse, Tucson and Yeovil.
The A350 XWB is equipped with an integrated package of Honeywell mechanical products that includes the HGT1700 auxiliary power unit (APU); environmental and cabin pressure control systems, supplemental cooling, ventilation and fans; bleed air systems; and wing anti-ice systems.
On the electronic systems side, Honeywell also will provide the A350 with its proven flight management system (FMS), air data inertial reference system (ADIRS), satellite communications (SATCOM) system and other avionics, along with the Aircraft Environment Surveillance System (AESS), an integrated package of safety and surveillance systems.
Airbus already has received about 550 orders for the highly innovative and fuel-efficient twinjet that is scheduled to enter service in 2014 with launch customer Qatar Airways and other customers, which bodes well for Honeywell as the program’s largest supplier.
John Ricciardelli: “Congratulations to Airbus on this extraordinary achievement. The commitment between Airbus and Honeywell to develop this program from concept to reality has been an incredible experience. The collaboration and contributions helped achieve this historic milestone,” said John Ricciardelli, Platform Director, Honeywell, Air Transport & Regional.
John Bolton: “Congratulations to Airbus on the first flight of the A350 XWB. This is a milestone for both companies that exemplifies our commitment to execution and continued program development, and we look forward to future successes,” said John Bolton, President, Honeywell, Air Transport & Regional.