PHOENIX, June 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that it will provide its full suite of safety avionics, including its advanced IntuVue™ 3-D weather radar, for Tiger Airways' new A320 aircraft in a multi-million dollar contract. Tiger Airways will be Asia's first low-cost carrier to fly A320 aircraft with IntuVue which enhances safety and passenger comfort.
IntuVue™ 3-D weather radar is an advanced system that provides pilots a more complete picture of weather conditions than current two-dimensional (2-D) systems. As a lighter and more reliable system, IntuVue™ will also help Tiger Airways to reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.
"Honeywell's IntuVue 3-D weather radar has demonstrated a 50 percent reduction in turbulence-related incidents, enhancing safety and keeping passengers comfortable," said Mike Madsen, vice president of Airlines, Honeywell Aerospace. "IntuVue can save costs for Tiger Airways because of its 50 percent increase in system reliability, 30 percent decrease in maintenance costs and 25 percent weight reduction as compared to competing radars."
Tony Davis, President and Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, said, "By partnering with Honeywell to provide a full suite of the latest technology avionics for our aircraft, we realize both operational and cost efficiencies. We are looking forward to serving our ever increasing numbers of passengers with these new aircraft fitted with not only the latest advanced weather radar systems from Honeywell, but also other enhancements such as leather seats. These enhancements will allow us to reduce our already low, low fares even further, and attract even more passengers."
The agreement covers up to 50 new aircraft that are expected to start deliveries from late 2010 until 2015.
Honeywell's full avionics suite includes an Air Data Inertial Reference Unit (ADIRU), Flight Management System (FMS), IntuVue 3-D advanced weather radar, next generation Aircraft Collision and Avoidance System (ACAS), solid state Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR), Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System (EGPWS), HF Radio and Airline Operational Communication (AOC) software.
Honeywell's IntuVue weather radar has been selected for more than 2,000 aircraft. It is standard equipment on the Airbus A380 and A350 as part of the Aircraft Environment Surveillance System. Deliveries are expected to start with the single aisle A320 family (A318, A319, A320 and A321) in the second quarter of 2010, with selection on the long range A330s and A340s, including freighters, in the first quarter of 2011.
Honeywell's IntuVue is certified and flying on the Boeing 777 and 737NG as buyer furnished equipment. IntuVue has been flying on the C-17 military transport since 2004. It is specified as standard equipment on the Gulfstream G650 when it enters service.
Honeywell's FMS helps pilots navigate the skies with increased safety and efficiency, providing pilots real-time information on speed, altitude and progress along the flight plan. EGPWS, invented by Honeywell, provides terrain display and alerts the flight crew if the aircraft approaches too close to terrain. Honeywell's patented ACAS provides a display of surrounding aircraft and alerts the flight crew if another aircraft comes too close for safety. Solid state data and voice recorders record flight data parameters and cockpit voice conversation for analysis. The AOC provides communications management functionality across multiple aircraft platforms.
Honeywell equipment available on Airbus aircraft include fuel controls, auxiliary power unit, electric power systems, communication/navigation radios, traffic/ground/weather surveillance systems, flight management system, inertial navigation systems, environmental control systems, wheels, brakes, and exterior LED lighting.
Established in September 2004, Tiger Airways now operates a fleet of 19 Airbus A320-family aircraft and is committed to increasing its fleet size to 68 by December 2015. The airline operates flights to 37 destinations across 11 countries and territories in Asia-Pacific from four bases in Singapore and Australia.
Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Honeywell's aerospace business is a leading global provider of integrated avionics, engines, systems and service solutions for aircraft manufacturers, airlines, business and general aviation, military, space and airport operations.
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