Honeywell Aerospace (NYSE: HON) has been selected to install and maintain the Auxiliary Power Units for GoAir’s fleet of 72 A320neo airplanes, providing the airline’s passengers with a more comfortable journey and fewer flight interruptions. Honeywell will also provide GoAir with its fifth-generation flight recorders, aka black boxes, which feature resilient memory capabilities for data logging and tracking.
As part of the contract, GoAir will be adopting Honeywell’s 131-9A Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). This APU will help reduce flight delays and cancellations by enhancing APU operability. As well as increased operational performance, Honeywell’s 131-9A APU will also lower operational costs and emissions for GoAir, because it can use 3.3 percent less fuel.
“With demand for domestic travel within India on the rise, it is vital for regional airlines to increase turnaround times and improve dispatch reliability keeping airplanes more in the air and less on the ground,” said Arijit Ghosh, president, Honeywell Aerospace India. “The latest installations, services and ground support for the A320neo enable just that. Airlines such as GoAir can better manage operations and costs during downtime, while reducing flight delays and cancellations for passengers.”
“Passenger comfort is paramount, and we’re committed to delivering a consistent and punctual travel experience,” said, Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, Go Air. “Honeywell’s APU and maintenance, as well as its flight recorders, are already in place on our A320 airplanes. Our most recent investment allows us to continue delivering the same superior passenger comfort and reliability across our full range of fleets.”
Honeywell’s 131-9A APU, which provides compressed air to start the main engine and power the Environmental Control System, will be supported by a maintenance program featuring a Predictive Trend Monitoring and Diagnostics service which reduce costs and unscheduled maintenance. GoAir will also implement Honeywell’s heavy-duty, yet lightweight, recorders into its fleet. This includes the HFR5-V Solid State Cockpit Voice Recorder, which retains two hours of audio, datalink and timing data information, alongside the HFR5-D Solid State Flight Data Recorder which is capable of storing up to 25 hours of flight data.
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