Honeywell APU Delivers Fuel Savings, High Reliability, and Low Noise
NANJING, April 14, 2010 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it
has been selected by Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) to
supply its 131-9[C9C] Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) and associated equipment for
the C919 single-aisle commercial airliner.
The new APU design is based on Honeywell’s highly successful 131-9 family of
APUs, which have more than 51 million hours in commercial service on
narrow-body aircraft like the Boeing 737 and the Airbus A320. An APU is a small
gas-powered turbine engine that provides bleed air for main engine starting and
the environmental control system, and electrical power for cockpit and galley
systems, either in the air or on the ground.
“Honeywell’s 131-9A is the most popular APU for single-aisle commercial
aircraft in the world today,” said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote. “Our
APU has proved to be highly reliable, fuel efficient, and quiet in the millions
of hours of in-flight service that it has recorded to date. We expect that it
will be an important fixture on the C919 for many years to come. The 131-9A is
one of many aerospace technologies developed by Honeywell, and we’re looking
forward to actively participating in the establishment and growth of the
Chinese aviation industry.”
The Letter of Intent was signed by Mr. Tim Mahoney, President and CEO of
Honeywell Aerospace, Mr. Wu Guanghui, Senior Vice President of COMAC, Mr. Yao
Yuhai, Chairman of AVIC Dong’an, at a ceremony held in Nanjing today. Cote, Mr.
Zhang Qingwei, Chairman of COMAC, Mr. Lin Zuoming, President of AVIC, Mr. Cao
Wexing, Vice Governor of Jiangsu Province, and Mr. Zhu Shanlu, Secretary of
Nanjing Municipal witnessed the signing.
“This is a win-win opportunity for both companies. We believe that Honeywell’s
leading technologies will make the C919 a more reliable and fuel-efficient
aircraft. Honeywell’s expertise will help to sharpen our competitiveness in the
world market and we look forward to the cooperation,” said Mr. Zhang
The 131-9[C9C] APU will deliver industry-leading reliability of more than
10,000 hours between unscheduled maintenance and the lowest fuel burn available
in its class. The remarkable reliability and efficiency lowers the cost of
operations for a C919 aircraft by more than $20,000 a year.
Incorporating its two-stage axial turbine design, the 131-9[C9C] is expected to
exceed C919 requirements. The APU will deliver the lowest levels of ramp noise
worldwide via noise reduction technologies in engine design, including features
integrated into the APU’s inlet and exhaust.
In addition to the 131-9[C9C] APU, the award includes a starter/generator
system and installation kit, which will also be provided by Honeywell.
Honeywell operates more than 30 subsidiaries and joint ventures throughout
China, including Aerospace maintenance and manufacturing facilities in Xiamen,
Nanjing, Suzhou, and Shanghai. The Asia Pacific business is based in
Honeywell will collaborate on the C919 program with AVIC Harbin Dongan Engine
(Group) Corporation LTD.
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