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Singapore Airshow 2018: Honeywell, Singapore Airlines Group seal 3 long-term deals

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Honeywell has signed three long-term contracts with the Singapore Airlines Group to help improve the operational capabilities of the group’s Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Scoot carriers.

AMERICAN conglomerate Honeywell has signed three long-term contracts with the Singapore Airlines Group to help improve the operational capabilities of the group's Singapore Airlines (SIA), SilkAir and Scoot carriers.

As part of the agreement, the airlines have contracted a variety of services and equipment including weather radar, navigation systems, auxiliary power units, predictive maintenance technologies and 24/7 engineering and maintenance support, Honeywell said in a release on Tuesday.

Its partnership with SIA - the first Airbus A350 performance base contract in the industry - will cover 30 of SIA's Airbus A350s for a 12-year period, with the option to cover the rest of its A350 fleet.

Said Honeywell: "The programme provides connected, end-to-end maintenance and repair service that will ensure on-time departures, manage unscheduled maintenance and provide a better experience for customers of SIA."

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Meanwhile, the second deal - also for a period of 12 years - will see Honeywell supply and maintain all of Scoot's new Airbus A320neo aircraft's auxiliary power unit and full avionics suite.

The move is set to improve the Scoot fleet's communication, navigation and operational capabilities, Honeywell said.

As part of the agreement, Honeywell will also deploy its GoDirect Connected Maintenance Services platform on Scoot's fleet, a first for A320s for a period of 12 years.

GoDirect improves maintenance operations while reducing inoperative equipment rates by using connectivity and data analytics.

These upgrades give pilots more accurate and actionable information to make better decisions, ensuring that flights depart and arrive on time, Honeywell said.

The third deal, which pertains to regional carrier SilkAir, will run for a 15-year period with an option for a five-year extension. The agreement includes Honeywell's Maintenance Service Agreement Program and GoDirect platform for the airline's new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

The program will better predict and manage maintenance cycles, allowing SilkAir to reduce unscheduled downtime and improve reliability of its fleets, Honeywell said.

Said Brian Davis, vice-president, Airlines, Asia Pacific & Aerospace Leader, Honeywell International: "We understand the multiple challenges that are facing the airline industry, from increasing labour expenses to rising fuel and maintenance costs. Honeywell's extensive experience in the aviation industry enables us to deliver product knowledge, technologies and support to meet the current and future requirements of the Singapore Airlines Group.

"The airlines will not only receive better and more predictive maintenance services that will reduce mechanical delays and cancellations, the use of connectivity and analytics will make flying more efficient and cost effective."

Additionally, the two parties have also signed a memorandum of understanding on implementing best practices aimed at reducing Singapore Airlines Group's operational risk, improving efficiencies and lowering predictable and controllable costs.

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