Hainan Airlines has chosen Honeywell’s auxiliary power units (APU) and aftermarket support program,including regional asset exchange program and GoDirect Connected Maintenance service, for its aircraft. Hainan Airlines is the first airline in the world to choose Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance service.
“Winning the SKYTRAX Five-Star Airline award for the eighth consecutive year, we are very focused on expanding our expertise in providing an innovative in-flight-experience and meticulous services,” said Weibin Liu, Deputy General Manager, Aircraft Acquisition Office, Hainan Airlines. “Honeywell’s 131-9A APU, GoDirect Connected Maintenance service and global network of support greatly reduce the unexpected aircraft downtime, allowing our fleet to fly in prime condition and ensuring passenger comfort and safety.”
As part of the agreement, Honeywell will supply its 131-9A auxiliary power unit for Hainan Airlines’ fleet of 55 Airbus A320neo aircraft, and will provide a 10-year regional asset exchange program and GoDirect Connected Maintenance service for the APUs, that will help improve fleet availability by identifying potential mechanical issues or failures before they occur. In addition, both parties also signed a 10-year APU service agreement for 50 of its Boeing B737 MAX aircraft, and will set up an in-house repair capability and regional asset exchange program for 82 of its Airbus A330 aircraft. Hainan Airlines is growing its fleet at a fast pace and will have over 100 A330s by 2020, the largest fleet of its type in Asia Pacific.
“It is a great pleasure to extend our cooperation with Hainan Airlines as they continue to expand their fleet size, presenting a huge opportunity for aftermarket support for new and existing aircraft alike, and we are committed to providing world class services for its operations,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “We are proud to have collaborated with Hainan Airlines on our up to date technologies that will deliver a best flight experience.”
Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance service for APUs works by using an existing data connection on the plane to download APU maintenance and fault data, to predict impending hardware failures with 99 percent accuracy.