Honeywell aims for JVs in China to supply parts for C919

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Honeywell is in talks with at least two Chinese companies to form joint ventures to supply parts for the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) C919.

Its aerospace division president, Tim Mahoney, has met with two companies in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan in south-central China, says a Honeywell spokesman.

The two companies are aircraft brake manufacturer Hunan Boyun New Materials and Changsha Xinhang Aircraft Wheels and Brakes, he adds.

"The projects are still under discussion and nothing has been decided yet," says the spokesman.

Honeywell is hoping to supply parts for the C919, such as the wheels and brakes, lighting, flight control systems, the auxiliary power unit and avionics, he adds.

It is also in talks with other Chinese companies besides the two Changsha-based firms, says the spokesman, who declines to name these other companies.

Comac's spokesman was unavailable for comment.

The C919 is expected to have its first flight in 2014, and enter service in 2016.

Among Honeywell's Chinese clients are Air China and China Southern Airlines. Honeywell's avionics systems are installed on their Boeing 777s.