American Capital Group has selected Honeywell auxiliary power units and various avionics components for the 68 new Airbus A320 family aircraft it has on order.

Valued at $40 million, the deal includes Honeywell 131-9A APUs, which burn 5% less fuel and produce correspondingly less carbon dioxide, as well as a wide variety of avionics for the 53 A320s, 10 A319s and five A321s on order by the lessor.

Honeywell says its APU, which supplies bleed air for engine starting and electrical power for the cockpit and galley systems, reduces on-aircraft maintenance by 24% and line maintenance by 45% compared with alternatives "saving operators significantly on the cost of operations". The 131-9A has been in service since 1998 and is in use on more than 1,400 aircraft belonging to 100 customers.

Avionics components included in the contract are air data inertial reference systems, flight management systems, Honeywell's enhanced ground proximity warning systems, emergency locator transmitters, solid-state flight data recorders and solid-state cockpit voice recorders.

Source: Flight Daily News