Honeywell sees opportunity to bolster technology in delayed narrowbody replacement

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Systems supplier Honeywell believes estimates by Airbus and Boeing of a next generation narrowbody aircraft debuting in the next decade allows for the development of more advanced technology for the aircraft.

Company VP Airlines Business Segment Michael Madsen tells ATI Honeywell along with airframers and engine designers are developing incremental technologies that are pushing the date of introduction of a new narrowbody "to the right".

But the extension of an entry-into-service from the 2014-2016 timeframe to 2020 allows more time for the development of "leapfrog" technologies that otherwise would not be available in the original target date, says Madsen.

The pushback also allows US and European regulators crafting the next generation air traffic control system and the Single European Sky co-ordination programme (SESAR) to make decisions regarding the framework and necessary equipage allows for the development of a higher technology aircraft, Madsen explains.

As those regulators move forward in the development of next-generation air traffic control systems Madsen stresses the need for both common equipage and procedures standards for airspace in different regions around the globe.