Honeywell Strengthens its Air Data Product Business in China with AVIC Chengdu CAIC Electronics

ZHUHAI, China, Nov. 1, 2016 – Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has signed a subcontract agreement with AVIC Chengdu CAIC Electronics Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China, to provide air data system components for the C919 aircraft. The new agreement will allow Honeywell to strengthen its position in China’s air data product market.

Honeywell’s Air Data Inertial Reference System (ADIRS) combines industry-leading system reliability and performance with reduced operating and maintenance costs. It offers aircraft manufacturers and operators highly accurate and reliable information critical to the aircraft’s operation, such as airspeed, altitude and position. It weighs more than 50 percent less and decreases maintenance costs by more than 70 percent compared with previous versions.

“With more than five decades of experience in air data systems, Honeywell has established a strong track record of enabling enhanced safety, efficiency and lower costs through our products,” said Jeff Rollins, vice president, Asia Pacific OEMs, Commercial Aviation, Honeywell Aerospace. “Building on our long and successful relationship, we are delighted to take our work with CAIC to a new level. This agreement will enhance our support for the C919 and other Chinese-manufactured aircraft, and underscores our wider commitment to the development of China’s aviation industry.”

“Honeywell and CAIC’s world-class air data technology will support the needs of aircraft manufacturers both in China and beyond,” said Zhong Xitian, president, AVIC Chengdu CAIC Electronics. “We are also excited about the prospect of working with Honeywell in new markets outside China as a result of this new agreement.”

Honeywell’s agreement with AVIC Chengdu CAIC Electronics Co. Ltd. (CAIC) opens doors for the two parties to provide more cost-effective air data products to aircraft original equipment manufacturers both in China and globally. It will also allow Honeywell to support CAIC and the Chinese aviation industry to meet international standards, and will provide a platform for CAIC to sell products internationally.

Honeywell and CAIC have been working together on air data system projects since the 1990s. In 2014, they signed a memorandum of understanding for domestic and international cooperation on civil aircraft air data systems, spanning research and development, design, manufacturing, and after-sales initiatives.

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