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Honeywell Equips Middle East Airlines with New Cockpit Tech

Dec 12,2019

Honeywell has signed a selection agreement with Middle East Airlines, the national flag-carrier airline of Lebanon, to provide cockpit technologies to support the airline¡¯s new fleet of 19 aircraft.


The deal, which includes four of Airbus¡¯ latest variant, the A321XLR, will see Honeywell provide its latest full avionics suite to help Middle East Airlines maximize safety and ensure regulatory compliance.


Middle East Airlines¡¯ (MEA) purchase of Airbus aircraft includes 11 A321NEOs, four A330NEOs and four A321XLRs, the latest evolution of the successful A321NEO aircraft.


MEA is a launch customer of the A321XLR, and through the completion of this agreement, Honeywell is one of the first selected suppliers of cockpit technologies for the launch of the aircraft.


Raghed Talih, leader for Honeywell Aerospace in the Middle East, says: ¡°By selecting Honeywell¡¯s full avionics suite for its latest fleet, MEA is underlining its commitment to operating some of the latest, most advanced and capable aircraft in the sky.


¡°Our avionics portfolio helps airlines create a path towards future EASA and FAA safety mandates and provides pilots with crucial flight information in the most efficient way possible. This makes it easier for them to select optimal routes and navigate inclement weather.¡±


Honeywell will provide weather, communication, navigation and safety technologies for MEA¡¯s new fleet, including:


¡¤ Integrated Multi-Mode Receiver: Helps pinpoint precise airplane locations for efficient landings, especially during difficult and new runway approaches, helping MEA maintain the highest level of passenger safety and comfort.


¡¤ IntuVue RDR-4000 3D Weather Radar: Improves situational awareness of both on-path and off-path weather and vertical analysis mode. It features extended range turbulence, weather ahead alerting and predictive warnings.


¡¤ Pegasus II Flight Management System: Has unique fuel-saving features, including four cruise flight level wind/temperature entries.


¡¤ Emergency Locator Transmitter: The system that guides rescuers to an aircraft in emergencies will receive a unique battery designed to meet future FAA/EASA requirements.


¡¤ TCAS/Mode S Transponder: Change 7.1 and DO-260B compliant with new design for future growth opportunities.


¡¤ Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System: An industry-leading terrain awareness and warning system installed on more than 90 per cent of the commercial aircraft worldwide and key enabler for landing surveillance.


China civil avionics market is expected to exceed one trillion yuan in the next 20 years. According to the prediction of COMAC, based on global economic growth of 2.8%, the global Revenue Passenger Kilometers (RPK) will increase at an average annual rate of 4.4% over the next 20 years. Delivery of each class passenger jets will reach 43,013, valued at about $5,787.7 billion. About 5,255 turbofan regional aircraft will be delivered, worth more than $242.3 billion; 28,718 single-aisle jet aircraft will be delivered, worth $2.83 trillion; 9,040 double-aisle jet aircraft will be delivered, worth about $2.72 trillion. Chinese airlines will receive 8,575 new planes, with a market value of about $1,210.4 billion. If avionics systems account for 15% of the total value of civil aircraft, the China civil avionics market will reach about us $181.6 billion (1.23 trillion yuan) in the next 20 years.


In recent years, China continues to promote large aircraft major projects and vigorously pushes the development of domestic civil aircraft avionics system industry. In the future, with vast civil aircraft avionics market, domestic avionics related enterprises are facing unprecedented development opportunities.


Under this background, the 9th Annual Civil Avionics International Forum will be held in Shanghai city on the coming April 21st to 22nd.


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