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8/6/2013 
Honeywell’s 131-9 Auxiliary Power Unit Reaches 100 Million Hours Of Service Milestone 

 

Company remains industry leader in APU technology

Milestone marks second time a Honeywell APU reaches 100 million hours


PHOENIX, Aug. 6, 2013 – A vital piece of Honeywell (NYSE: HON) technology, the 131-9 series Auxiliary Power Unit (APU), recently became the second from Honeywell’s family of APUs to surpass 100 million hours in service across more than 7,500 narrow-body aircraft around the world such as the Boeing 737, McDonnell Douglas MD-90, and Airbus A319, A320 and A321 models.


Honeywell invented the APU in the early 1950s and continues to be the market leader with more than 36,000 APUs currently in the field and more than 90,000 APUs produced for more than 150 applications in the commercial, business and military markets.


The 131-9 is the second Honeywell series of APUs to reach the 100 million hour milestone, with the first being the 85 Series, which was one of the earliest APUs to be installed on an aircraft. This second 100 million hour milestone continues Honeywell’s history of providing customers with reliable and easily maintained APUs that are proven to enhance operational efficiency for aircraft operators.


The Unsung Hero of Flight


A flight begins and ends with the APU. From the moment a passenger walks on an air-conditioned plane on the tarmac, to the time when the plane parks at the gate, the APU engine is providing electrical air power to the aircraft for starting the main engines, enabling the air conditioning, running lighting and flight equipment, and more. The APU allows passengers to sit comfortably while awaiting takeoff.


The APU also provides primary or backup electrical power for environmental, cockpit and hydraulic systems during flight. In 2009, the Honeywell 131-9A APU on a US Airways A320 played a critical role in the emergency landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in New York’s Hudson River, ensuring the safety of 155 passengers onboard.


The Future of Honeywell’s APU


Honeywell is looking to the future to advance the 131-9 APU and continue to provide the best-in-class operational efficiency to customers. This next-generation APU will use new technologies to provide operators with up to 10 percent reduction in fuel burn, 25 percent reduction in nitrous oxide emissions and more than 30 percent increase in available electrical power.


In the future, Honeywell’s APUs will power more than just internal systems. For the Electric Green Taxiing System (EGTS), the APU will be tasked with powering the electric motors in the main landing gear, allowing an aircraft to push back autonomously and then taxi between gate and runway without engaging its main engines.


Supporting Quote


• Jim Fusaro, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management, Honeywell Aerospace
“Honeywell’s 131-9 model is the most reliable APU for single-aisle commercial aircraft in the world, with more than 100 million hours of in-service operation, and counting. The 131-9 model APU has proved to be highly reliable, fuel-efficient and quiet in the millions of hours of flight service recorded to date. We put our APUs through a number of extreme condition tests to ensure reliability for our customers, one of which requires our APUs to start at 41,000 feet and -100°F. High reliability and improved fuel efficiencies are the driving force for lowering our customers’ total cost of ownership”

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Thousands of Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft worldwide. The Aerospace business unit develops and integrates technologies that span air traffic modernization, flight and runway safety, engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, connectivity, logistics and more that deliver safe, efficient, productive and comfortable transportation-related experiences. For more information, visit http://aerospace.honeywell.com or follow us at @honeywell_aero on Twitter.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywellnow.com.


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Media Contacts:
Gwennie Cheung
Honeywell Aerospace
+1 646 589-1741

gwennie.cheung@honeywell.com
Honeywell Aerospace Media Center

 

Eugene Tan
Honeywell Aerospace
+65 6249 9168
eugene.tan@honeywell.com
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