DUBAI AIR SHOW, U.A.E., Nov. 15, 2009 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it will provide Auxiliary Power Units (APU) and long-term APU maintenance for Bahrain Air’s Airbus A319/A320 single-aisle aircraft in a contract worth more than $5.5 million.
Honeywell’s 131-9A APU, the most commonly used APU for single-aisle commercial transport, is averaging more than 10,000 hours between unscheduled repair events, a more than 60 percent improvement over other APUs in its class size.
“Honeywell’s APU selection for Bahrain is the right choice to help this growing airline reduce maintenance and manage spares costs,” said Mike Madsen, Vice President of Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. “Honeywell’s APU on-aircraft maintenance costs are up to 36 percent less than other APUs because of the simple design.”
An APU is a small gas-powered turbine engine that provides bleed air for main engine starting and electrical power for cockpit and galley systems. More than 1,700 Honeywell 131-9A APUs are in service including forward-fit and retrofit. Honeywell introduced the 131-9A in 1998 and continues to improve the design through technological advances, including a recent modification that reduces fuel consumption by 5 percent. The 131-9A APU reduces emissions and fuel consumption over the life of the APU.
This agreement covers 12 aircraft. Bahrain took delivery of the first APU in 2008 and deliveries will continue with six purchased aircraft through 2012.
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