Honeywell made big news in Indonesia April 21 when PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) signed its contract to buy 34 Honeywell TPE331 turboprop aircraft engines between now and 2020. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence recognized the two companies as they signed the agreement. Pence is in Indonesia to meet with President Joko Widodo and Indonesian business leaders.
“Honeywell and PTDI have shared a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship for over 40 years and we are optimistic that our partnership will continue to climb to greater heights,” said Alex Pollack, president, Honeywell Indonesia.
“Indonesia is a priority market and key high-growth region for Honeywell,” he continued. “We are committed to empowering local companies like PTDI with technology and skills transfer as it expands its capabilities across the region. Our cooperation with PTDI keeps getting better every year. It is a mutual, synergistic partnership that has led to the delivery of a great aircraft, with a great engine performance, utilized around the world."
Honeywell will supply the TPE331 engines for PT Dirgantara Indonesia’s NC212i utility turboprop. The first six engines will be delivered this year. Before this agreement, Honeywell was selected to supply 11 TPE331 engines for PTDI’s NC212-400 and NC212i fleet in 2015.
With the Honeywell engine, the NC212i aircraft will be equipped for faster takeoffs and climbs and more efficient cruise speeds. The engine will help operators reduce fuel burn and save on fuel and other operating costs. As part of Honeywell’s strategy for high-growth regions like Indonesia, Honeywell will provide maintenance and support training for six PTDI engineers.
“This is the largest aircraft deal PTDI and Honeywell have ever signed and we are proud to partner with Honeywell whose engines are well-aligned with our reliability and cost-efficiency needs. Honeywell’s TPE331 engine is one of the most reliable and proven turboprop engines in the world and meets our stringent requirements for selecting engines for our aircraft,” said Budi Santoso, president director, PTDI. “We are confident that the agreement with Honeywell will further strengthen our capabilities as an aircraft manufacturer in the region.”