Jun 1, 2017: Honeywell signed an agreement with VietJet Air, an international low-cost airline from Vietnam for 98 auxiliary power units for the airliner’s new fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. Honeywell at present provides VietJet Air with auxiliary power units (APUs) across the airline’s complete fleet of 135 Airbus A320s. This new contract runs through 2022 and includes maintenance servicing for 12 years. The total value of the contract is over $100 million.
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the event as part of his visit to the U.S. to promote mutual business relations between the countries. The prime minister’s attendance recognised Honeywell for its long-term dedication to supporting Vietnam’s budding aerospace industry and close collaboration with VietJet Air.
“Our partnership with Honeywell began in 2014 when they were selected to supply, manage and maintain their 131-9A APUs for our fleet of 37 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft. Today, we signedour second agreement with Honeywell for more of its industry-leading APUs, which have proven to reduce operational costs and improve aircraft performance,” said Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, president and CEO, VietJet Air. “Our long-standing partnership with Honeywell is also a testament to Vietnam’s strong and positive relations with the U.S., and we look forward to many more years of deepening this relationship.”
VietJet Air will benefit from improved operational reliability, lower maintenance costs over its life cycle and major fuel savings by opting Honeywell’s APU, the 131-9A. The 131-9A APU’s proven reliability and superior operability will also help advance safety and comfort for VietJet Air’s passengers and lessen flight delays and cancellations. The airline will also benefit from optimised operational costs across its fleet through direct support from Honeywell’s APU maintenance and services offerings.
“Vietnam is a priority market and key high-growth region for Honeywell, and we are committed to expanding the region’s commercial flight capabilities and helping to meet its long-term goals for the industry through our global maintenance, repair and overhaul network,” said Brian Davis,vice president, Airlines, Asia Pacific, Honeywell Aerospace. “We are confident that this agreement will help VietJet Air maximize the operational efficiency of its Airbus A320 fleet and bring increased comfort and safety to its passengers, and keep it ahead of the curve in the airline industry.”