May 05, Delhi: Sri Lanka's national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, has signed several contracts with Honeywell Aerospace to improve maintenance efficiency and increase cockpit and cabin connectivity for the airline.
According to a statement by the US-based largest manufacturer of aircraft engines and avionics said the contracts include an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) maintenance agreement for SriLankan's Airbus A320, A330 and A340 fleets to improve maintenance planning and lower costs, and communication avionics for six new A330 aircraft scheduled for delivery later in 2014.
The avionics include communication and navigation hardware, data link software, flight data and voice recorders, and satellite connectivity systems to enhance aircraft-to-ground communication.
"As we expand our operations around the world and prepare to join the oneworld alliance, it is essential that our aircraft cater to the passenger's growing need for onboard connectivity and that we maintain the highest possible level of fleet availability," said Priyantha Rose, head of engineering, SriLankan Airlines.
"Honeywell's superior technology, quality service and excellent support team are key reasons behind our continued trust and decision to select the company's technologies and services for our current and new fleets."
"Honeywell's technologies support two key objectives of SriLankan Airlines: increasing efficiency by taking the guesswork out of maintenance, and improving the in-flight connectivity capabilities of its aircraft," said Arijit Ghosh, president, Honeywell Aerospace India.
"While our avionics deliver enhanced connectivity to SriLankan pilots and passengers in the air, our APU maintenance agreement helps keep maintenance costs lower on the ground. Together they increase operational efficiency, reduce cockpit workload for the pilots and improve the flying experience for its passengers."
As part of the avionics contract, Honeywell will install its Quantum Line communication and navigation system; HFR5 data link-capable solid state recorders; MCS-7200 L-band SATCOM system; and Air Traffic Services Unit Airline Operational Communication (ATSU AOC) data link software across the airline's six new A330-300s.
SriLankan has also selected Honeywell's ATSU AOC software, which manages the aircraft's data link capabilities, for all its existing A320 aircraft and will upgrade two of its existing A330s with Honeywell's SATCOM systems.
The APU contract will see Honeywell manage APU maintenance for its 131-9A and 331-350 APUs installed on SriLankan's Airbus fleet.