Sichuan Airlines has selected Honeywell’s 131-9A auxiliary power units (APUs) for its 93 new A320 aircraft that will enter service by 2025.

    A five-year contract has been agreed, under which China’s Sichuan will also replace the APUs on its 141 existing A320s with the same Honeywell APU. Honeywell noted this was the largest APU retrofit deal in its history.

    Sichuan Airlines’ executive vice president Li Yue said the airline hoped to improve operational efficiency: “With the aviation industry being significantly impacted by Covid-19, reliable and innovative products and solutions are highly demanded for airlines’ recovery and future development. We look forward to working with our partners for the bright future of the industry.”

    Honeywell Aerospace Asia Pacific’s president Steven Lien commented: “We see a strong recovery and large potential for China’s aviation industry, as well as local airlines’ growing competitiveness worldwide. Honeywell is committed to supporting this market, providing customers with exceptional solutions and equipping local support teams to help them create value and improve efficiency.”