SINGAPORE (Feb 7): Honeywell International Inc has secured an aircraft auxiliary power unit (APU) contract — Asia Pacific's largest in terms of the fleet size it covers — with Indonesia's Lion Air Group.
In a statement today, Honeywell said it will supply its 131 series APUs and corresponding spare parts for the airline group's fleet of Airbus A320ceo and A320neo aircraft, in addition to spares for Lion Air Group's Boeing 737NG and Boeing 737 MAX fleet.
The agreement covers 620 aircraft over 17 years for Lion Air Group, which includes Thai Lion Mentari Co Ltd, Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd, PT Batik Air Indonesia, and PT Batam Aero Technic.
Honeywell Asia Pacific aerospace and airlines vice president Brian Davis said the agreement came at a "critical time", when air traffic is set to increase in the region.
"The largest-ever APU agreement in the Asia Pacific region marks a new era where Lion Air Group and other fast-growing, low-cost carriers are recognising the value of high-quality equipment and maintenance services to enhance overall operational efficiency.
"The agreement comes at a critical time, when air traffic is set to increase in the region and the Asia Pacific maintenance segment is expected to nearly double by 2025," he said.
"Indonesia is a key high-growth region for Honeywell, and it is imperative for low-cost carriers and full-service airlines to improve on-time performance and their bottom line to remain competitive in this dynamic segment through effective, safe and reliable aircraft solutions," he added.
Batam Aero Technic director Rai Pering, meanwhile, said the group is confident that Honeywell's 131 series APUs will keep its flights on schedule and reduce delays and flight cancellations.
APUs provide aircraft backup power for environmental, cockpit and hydraulic systems during flight.
"Lion Air Group is continually exploring innovative solutions to improve our aircraft efficiency and fleet availability as demand for air travel in the Asia Pacific region increases. Safety and air passenger comfort remain our utmost priority, and we are confident that the performance of Honeywell's 131 series of APUs will keep our flights on schedule and reduce delays and flight cancellations," Rai said.
"We are confident that our work with Honeywell will improve operational performance and lower maintenance costs over the life cycle of our fleet, and enable our continued success," he added.