GENEVA, May 22, 2019 — Honeywell (NYSE: HON) supported German-based, ACC COLUMBIA service center with upgrades to the latest cockpit, cabin and connectivity systems, alongside mandate equipment to retrofit and modernize a Bombardier Global Express jet. Since the refurbishment in November 2018, the aircraft is in full service and is the largest single aircraft update within the business jet space, making the jet the equivalent of a new aircraft at 10% of the cost, with enhanced safety and efficiency elements.
“The cost of buying a new business aircraft continues to increase, so operators are looking towards modifying their jets with upgraded solutions as an investment,” said Nils Janssen, managing director, ACC COLUMBIA Jet Service. “As a revered service centre, we’ve worked closely with Honeywell to upgrade jets to increase the value and install the most efficient solutions for our customers. This ensures they’re able to reduce workloads for pilots though the latest avionics, while providing business passengers with seamless in-flight Wi-Fi and entertainment, for increased productivity while traveling.”
With Honeywell’s solutions at the heart of the Bombardier Global Express upgrade, the operator is seeing the benefits of reduced operational and fuel costs, through an updated flight management system and GoDirect services. The jet was also upgraded with the JetWave™ satellite hardware, enabling the fastest, global broadband connectivity for business passengers to work and make calls in the air. The cockpit was also modernized with the Primus Elite integrated avionics system, ensuring compliance for air navigation mandates ahead of the 2020 deadline.
In addition to the cost savings, Honeywell and ACC COLUMBIA completed all upgrades at the same time to minimize aircraft downtime. The modifications to the jet have significantly increased aircraft bluebook value and efficiency through a reduction in overall aircraft weight, demonstrating one of the key advantages to upgrading an aircraft, over buying an entirely new aircraft.
ACC COLUMBIA and Honeywell will continue to support and provide upgrades to the Bombardier Global Express jet, specifically with the SmartView Synthetic Vision system later this year, to complete the aircraft refurbishment. To find out more about Honeywell’s retrofit and upgrade technology, visit us at EBACE 2019 in Geneva from May 21 – 23 at Booth #Y139 to speak with an expert.
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