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Honeywell TFE731-50 Turbofan Engine Completes First Flight

New Engine Delivering Thrust and Fuel Targets 

Certification Expected In 2006 

EBACE, May 18, 2005 -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that its new TFE 731-50 turbofan engine has begun flight tests on Honeywell’s Falcon 20 testbed aircraft. 

The engine has accumulated 26 flight hours and nearly 100 hours of cumulative run time. The program is on schedule to meet a 2006 certification. 

Engine testing will continue through a series of flight tests to verify and validate altitude performance and operability. Previous ground testing has demonstrated the engine has exceeded goals for improved thrust and fuel efficiency. 

The engine is designed to deliver up to 5,000 pounds of take-off thrust and will be offered with integrated nacelle and thrust reverser systems. 

The TFE731-50 is a low risk derivative of the current –60 production engine, utilizing a common core and a scaled wide chord damperless fan. 

The TFE731-50 utilizes an N1 Digital Electronic Engine Control with hydromechanical backup, single-crystal blade material in the high pressure and first-stage low pressure turbines as well as improved vane and blade cooling effectiveness. The engine design will provide significantly increased operating temperature margin resulting in improved durability.

Honeywell has produced nearly twice as many turbofan engines for business jet applications than any other competitor. 

Honeywell International is a $26 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell’s shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com 

Based in Phoenix, Honeywell’s aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations. 

This release contains forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about future business operations, financial performance and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties inherent in business forecasts as further described in our filings under the Securities Exchange Act. 

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