Industrial products group Eaton wants to measure its ultimate success in the industry by the fares paid by airline passengers. "Our whole business model starts from the premise of how we can service the end-user," said Brad Morton, president of Eaton's aerospace division. "It's all about making the airlines more profitable, allowing them to reduce ticket prices and expand the number of people that are flying."

The company is at Paris to showcase its range of aerospace products, which range from fuel pumps and actuation controls to hydraulic systems and cockpit interfaces. However, Eaton - which is celebrating its century - is keen to stress that it does more than simply manufacture equipment. "We want to work with our customers to help them use energy more efficiently, to deliver power intelligence," he said.

Aftermarket support is key because it helps airlines manage their repair costs, he said. Eaton at the show announced an agreement with OEMServices to provide integrated component support and logistics services for airlines that operate Airbus fleets. OEMServices offers carriers a single point of contact for inventory and distribution of a number of manufacturers' parts.

Among the newer technologies being highlighted by Eaton at Paris are fuel components for composite-wing aircraft that integrate lighting and ignition protection without adding weight, a power distribution unit and a digital control cockpit panel system.

Source: Flight Daily News