Honeywell has announced that China-based AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Company Ltd (ACAC) has chosen Honeywell and Parker Hannifin Corp to jointly develop, produce and support the primary flight control system for ACAC’s new passenger ARJ21 airliner.
The estimated value of the program for Honeywell, which includes fly-by-wire controls for each new aeroplane plus follow-on support and spare parts, exceeds $200 million over the life of the program. The deal is estimated to be worth as much as $275 million in original-equipment revenues for Parker Hannifin.
ACAC estimates it will sell approximately 500 of the aircraft over a 20-year period.
‘The Honeywell-Parker team was chosen for this project based on our proven leadership in developing modern flight-control systems,’ said John Uczekaj, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell’s Business, Regional and General Aviation avionics business.
‘As the latest design in the much-in-demand 70-to-90-passenger aeroplane category and with plans for extensive use in the fast-growing Chinese airline industry, the ARJ21 is an exciting project,’ added Uczekaj.
According to Honeywell, the new flight-control system will not require any type of mechanical backup system. The corresponding savings in overall aircraft weight and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance will reduce operating