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Tuesday, June 20 2017 - 01:01
AsiaNet
Honeywell's Connected Aircraft(TM) Maintenance Offering to Reduce Flight Delays and Cancellations for Cathay Pacific
PARIS, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Honeywell's GoDirect Connected Maintenance selected by Cathay Pacific after 
demonstrating 35 percent fewer operational disruptions in trial program

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) and Cathay Pacific have signed a contract to deploy 
Honeywell's Connected Aircraft maintenance offering across their fleet of 
Airbus A330 aircraft. Honeywell's GoDirect Connected Maintenance program 
combines the airplane's connectivity, in-depth product knowledge and data 
analytics to predict when mechanical parts need to be fixed or replaced. The 
service demonstrated during a trial program with Cathay Pacific that it can 
reduce inoperative systems by up to 35 percent, which directly reduces costly 
and disruptive maintenance and aircraft downtime, lowering flight cancellations 
and the impact of delays.

Honeywell's GoDirect Connected Maintenance program for the company's auxiliary 
power units (APUs) will be outfitted on more than 60 of Cathay Pacific and 
Cathay Dragon's Airbus A330s. APUs are mini engines that provide power into the 
airplane, mostly while at the gate, to cool or heat the cabin, start the main 
engines, and perform other power-related functions.

"Cathay Pacific is committed to providing our passengers with a safe, on-time 
and comfortable travel experience," said Cathay Pacific Director Engineering 
Neil Glenn. "Honeywell's GoDirect Connected Maintenance helps support our 
commitment to passengers by reducing operational disruptions and limiting 
flight delays, without adding any sensors or a single ounce of weight to the 
aircraft." 

"Cathay Pacific is a leader in this shift to predictive flying. The aviation 
industry is going through a digital transformation sparked by the use of big 
data analytics and the Internet of Things. Honeywell is combining its 
mechanical heritage with access to better connectivity to help airlines achieve 
more predictive maintenance operations," said Brian Davis, vice president, 
Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. "During the trial, Honeywell's 
GoDirect Connected Maintenance saved Cathay Pacific several hundred thousand 
dollars in operational and reactive maintenance costs per aircraft, and reduced 
APU-related delay minutes by 51 percent."

Cathay Pacific is also considering to extend the GoDirect Connected Maintenance 
program to the airline's fleet of Boeing B777s to improve on-time departures 
and reduce maintenance costs.

A New Era of Connected Maintenance

Honeywell's Connected Aircraft services demonstrate to airlines that being 
connected improves not only the passenger experience, but also allows an 
aircraft to become a more comprehensive and agile platform that makes flying 
safer, more efficient and cost-effective.

Managing unscheduled maintenance events can be both costly and time-consuming 
for an airline, causing delays that put on-time performance at risk. That's why 
Honeywell, with more than 80 product lines and nose-to-tail technologies, is 
using its expertise to change the concept of airplane maintenance.

The predictive fault analyses from the GoDirect Connected Maintenance program 
have a false positive rate of less than 1 percent. These analyses highlight the 
most critical faults to repair, giving actionable recommendations to 
maintenance crew while sharing any relevant information on failure trends with 
airline operators. This information enables flight and maintenance crew members 
to prepare for maintenance ahead of time and facilitate parts replacement 
before a failure occurs.

In addition to connected maintenance for APUs, Honeywell is looking to expand 
the service to other parts of the aircraft, including wheels, brakes and 
environmental control systems.

Supporting Resources

Read more about Honeywell GoDirect Connected Maintenance 
Read more about Honeywell Aerospace on the Follow The Aero blog 
Like Honeywell Aerospace on Facebook 
Follow @Honeywell Aero on Twitter

Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every 
commercial, defense and space aircraft, and its turbochargers are used by 
nearly every automaker and truck manufacturer around the world. The Aerospace 
business unit develops innovative solutions for more fuel-efficient automobiles 
and airplanes, more direct and on-time flights, safer flying and runway 
traffic, along with aircraft engines, cockpit and cabin electronics, wireless 
connectivity services, logistics, and more. The business delivers safer, 
faster, and more efficient and comfortable transportation-related experiences 
worldwide. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us at 
@Honeywell Aero and @Honeywell_Turbo.

Honeywell (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 software-industrial company that 
delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive 
products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; 
and performance materials globally. Our technologies help everything from 
aircraft, cars, homes and buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and 
workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more 
sustainable. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit 
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