Honeywell Picks Air New Zealand as APU Partner

Honeywell has signed a licensing agreement with Air New Zealand for the airline to provide overhaul and repair services on Honeywell auxiliary power units (APUs) at its Christchurch engineering and maintenance base.

"The licensing agreement with Air New Zealand will allow us to help airlines in the Asia Pacific region achieve time and cost savings with quicker turnaround," said Brian Davis, Honeywell vice president for airlines in the region. "We are delighted to cultivate a strong relationship with Air New Zealand through sharing of best practices and technical skills and are confident that together we will be able to respond quickly and efficiently to meet customers’ current and future needs."

The eight year deal will see Air New Zealand as the only certified Honeywell maintenance shop for the APU 131-9A model in Oceania and will see the airline maintain and repair APUs, which power aircraft while on the ground, for Air New Zealand and third-party customers based around the Asia Pacific region.

Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the agreement is significant for the airline’s engineering business. "Honeywell Aerospace is a major player in the airline components industry, supplying APUs to around 75 percent of the world’s narrow body jet fleets. This agreement will allow us to continue to grow our component maintenance, repair and overhaul business in Christchurch and remain competitive within the region," he said.

Air New Zealand has also selected the Honeywell APU 131-9A for its new fleet of A320neo (new engine option) aircraft. The first aircraft is due for delivery in late 2017. The airline will also retrofit its existing A320 short haul fleet of 13 aircraft with Honeywell APUs.