As per reports, Honeywell (HON) has been selected by Sichuan Airlines to provide 131-9A auxiliary power units (APUs) for its 93 new A320 aircraft (entering service by 2025) as a part of its five-year agreement, marking the largest APU retrofit deal in Honeywell’s history. The airline will also replace the APUs on its 141 existing A320 aircraft with the same Honeywell APU. The 131-9A is reliable and has low maintenance costs over the course of its entire life cycle, leading to significant fuel savings each year.
An APU is an important piece of aircraft equipment that gives air conditioning and electrical power while the plane is on the ground. It ensures passenger comfort and supplies the air source before a pilot starts the main engine. Honeywell’s 131-9A APU will assist Sichuan Airlines to reduce flight delays and cancellations delivering a more pleasant flying experience for passengers.
“We are pleased to collaborate with Honeywell. We hope that the outstanding performance of its legendary APUs will help us improve operational efficiency,” “With the aviation industry being significantly impacted by COVID-19, reliable and innovative products and solutions are highly demanded airlines’ recovery and future development. We look forward to working with our partners for the bright future of the industry.” stated Li Yue, executive vice president of Sichuan Airlines.
Honeywell’s more than 36,000 APUs are in service today spread across more than 150 regional, executive and commercial applications, including fixed-wing and rotary-wing. The company has shipped more than 15,000 131-9A APUs since the model has been introduced in 1995.
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