Jun 19, 2017: Honeywell and Cathay Pacific have signed a contract to deploy Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft maintenance offering across their fleet of A330 aircraft. Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance programme combines the airplane’s connectivity, in-depth product knowledge and data analytics to foresee when mechanical parts need to be fixed or replaced. The service demonstrated during a trial programme with Cathay Pacific that it can decrease inoperative systems by up to 35 percent, which directly reduces expensive and disrupting maintenance and aircraft downtime, lowering flight cancellations and the impact of delays.
“Cathay Pacific is committed to providing our passengers with a safe, on-time and comfortable travel experience,” said Neil Glenn, director engineering, Cathay Pacific. “Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance helps support our commitment to passengers by reducing operational disruptions and limiting flight delays, without adding any sensors or a single ounce of weight to the aircraft.”
Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenance programme for the company’s auxiliary power units (APUs) will be outfitted on more than 60 of Cathay Pacific and Cathay Dragon’s Airbus A330s.
“Cathay Pacific is a leader in this shift to predictive flying. The aviation industry is going through a digital transformation sparked by the use of big data analytics and the Internet of Things. Honeywell is combining itsmechanical heritage with access to better connectivity to help airlines achievemore predictive maintenance operations,” said Brian Davis, vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “During the trial, Honeywell’s GoDirect Connected Maintenancesaved Cathay Pacific several hundred thousand dollars in operational and reactive maintenance costs per aircraft, and reduced APU-related delay minutesby 51 percent.”
Cathay Pacific is also considering to expand the GoDirect Connected Maintenance programme to the airline’s fleet of B777s to enhance on-time departures and lessen maintenance costs.
Honeywell’s Connected Aircraft services enhances not only the passenger experience, but also permits an aircraft to become a more broad platform that makes flying safer, more efficient and cost-effective.
The predictive fault analyses fromthe GoDirect Connected Maintenance programme have a false positive rate of less than 1 percent. These analyses draw attention to the grave faults to repair, giving actionable recommendations to maintenance crew while sharing any appropriate informationon failure trends with airline operators. This information enables flight and maintenance crew members to get ready for maintenance ahead of time and facilitate parts replacement before a failure occurs.
Honeywell is also looking to expand the service to other parts of the aircraft, including wheels, brakes and environmental control systems.