Honeywell announced at the end of January it has signed deals with two airlines and an MRO provider. Honeywell said it had signed software deals with GOL Airlines in Brazil and Sky Regional Airlines in Canada and had signed an aftermarket deal with Satair. Honeywell is providing the two airlines with its Forge software to help increase operational efficiencies and decrease costs associated with several factors, including unnecessary fuel burn. Fleets from GOL Airlines of Brazil and Sky Regional Airlines of Canada have joined a growing list of more than 10,000 aircraft using Honeywell Forge, with more than 3,000 using the Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency module to make their airline more profitable.
GOL Airlines, the largest domestic airline in Brazil, has begun using the software for its fleet of 138 Boeing 737s. “We are committed to running the most efficient operations possible by utilising the latest technology,” said Conrado Burgarelli, fuel efficiency engineer, GOL Airlines. “With Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency, we’ll get a more accurate and timelier picture of where we are with our fuel-saving initiatives and ideas for new ways to improve flight efficiency.”
Sky Regional Airlines, a Canadian airline operating under the Air Canada Express banner, has implemented the software across its fleet of 25 Embraer E175 aircraft. Using Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency across this uniform fleet of aircraft, the airline generates consistently reliable data it can use to create the most efficient routes possible. Honeywell Forge Flight Efficiency analyses and simplifies streams of disparate data from a wide variety of sources, making it easier for operators to develop, implement and measure initiatives that help reduce costs. The software provides pilots with more efficient flight paths, historical information on airports, and helps them adjust for changing variables.
Meanwhile, Honeywell said it had signed a multi-year commercial agreement with Satair covering the exclusive worldwide distribution for mechanical and air thermal components for use on Airbus A320, A330, A340, and A380 aircraft. Additionally, the distribution agreement covers the A350 platform on a non-exclusive basis. The new agreement expands an existing relationship between the two companies in the business jet market, and represents Satair’s and Honeywell’s first joint advancement into the global commercial aviation aftermarket.
Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair, said, “we are very pleased to develop our partnership with Honeywell Aerospace and build our commercial aviation aftermarket support. With this new program, we enhance our commitment toward continuous customer satisfaction through the fulfilment of on-time delivery for Airbus operators and maintenance providers worldwide.”
Honeywell’s range of electronic and electro-pneumatic systems for air and thermal management deliver highly reliable and efficient operations with lower total costs of ownership for aircraft operators. These lightweight systems monitor and control cabin temperature and airflow in the cockpit, passenger, and cargo areas and provide cooling for avionics. They also manage the aircraft’s engine bleed air systems and pneumatic de-icing systems.