Predictive Trend Monitoring program to reduce APU maintenance costs; Honeywell also to improve in-flight connectivity for the cockpit and cabin
Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has signed multiple contracts with SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, to improve maintenance efficiency and increase cockpit and cabin connectivity for the airline.
The contracts include an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) maintenance agreement for SriLankan’s Airbus A320, A330 and A340 fleets to improve maintenance planning and lower costs, and communication avionics for six new A330 aircraft scheduled for delivery later in 2014. The avionics — electronics that enable a range of functionality throughout the aircraft — include communication and navigation hardware, data link software, flight data and voice recorders, and satellite connectivity systems to enhance aircraft-to-ground communication.
“As we expand our operations around the world and prepare to join the oneworld alliance, it is essential that our aircraft cater to the passenger’s growing need for onboard connectivity and that we maintain the highest possible level of fleet availability,” said Priyantha Rose, head of engineering, SriLankan Airlines.
“Honeywell’s superior technology, quality service and excellent support team are key reasons behind our continued trust and decision to select the company’s technologies and services for our current and new fleets.”
As part of the avionics contract, Honeywell will install its Quantum Line communication and navigation system; HFR5 data link-capable solid state recorders; MCS-7200 L-band SATCOM system; and Air Traffic Services Unit Airline Operational Communication (ATSU AOC) data link software across the airline’s six new A330-300s. SriLankan has also selected Honeywell’s ATSU AOC software, which manages the aircraft’s data link capabilities, for all its existing A320 aircraft and will upgrade two of its existing A330s with Honeywell’s SATCOM systems.
The APU contract will see Honeywell manage APU maintenance for its 131-9A and 331-350 APUs installed on SriLankan’s Airbus fleet. The APU is a small turbine engine located in the tail cone of the aircraft that provides auxiliary power for the cabin and for main engine start-up. The agreement also includes Honeywell’s Predictive Trend Monitoring Program, an integrated web-based monitoring tool that provides advanced trending, prognostics and troubleshooting of the APU to enable condition-based maintenance and proactive fleet management for reduced costs and downtime.
“Honeywell’s technologies support two key objectives of SriLankan Airlines: increasing efficiency by taking the guesswork out of maintenance, and improving the in-flight connectivity capabilities of its aircraft,” said Arijit Ghosh, president, Honeywell Aerospace India.
“While our avionics deliver enhanced connectivity to SriLankan pilots and passengers in the air, our APU maintenance agreement helps keep maintenance costs lower on the ground. Together they increase operational efficiency, reduce cockpit workload for the pilots and improve the flying experience for its passengers.”
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SriLankan Airlines, the National Airline of Sri Lanka, is an award winning carrier with a firm reputation as a global leader in service, comfort, safety, reliability, and punctuality. Launched in 1979, SriLankan is currently expanding and further diversifying its wide range of products and services in order to drive the country’s ongoing boom in tourism and economic development. The airline’s hubs are located at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Hambantota providing convenient connections to its global route network of 79 destinations in 37 countries in Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Far East, North America, Australia and Africa. For more information please visit http://www.srilankan.com/corporate/en_uk/MediaCentre/media-centre
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