Air New Zealand has signed a licensing agreement to overhaul and repair auxiliary power units (APUs) manufactured by Honeywell Aerospace at its engineering and maintenance center in Christchurch.
Under the terms of the eight-year contract, Air New Zealand will become the only certified Honeywell maintenance shop for the APU 131-9A model in the Oceania region for its own fleet and that of third party customers across Asia-Pacific.
The APU 131-9A was selected by the airline for its new fleet of A320neo aircraft, due for a Q4 2017 delivery. It also plans to retrofit its existing A320 fleet of 13 aircraft with Honeywell APUs.
Air New Zealand said the deal will also result in the creation of 45 new jobs, mostly in engineering positions.
Bruce Parton, chief operations officer for Air New Zealand, said the agreement is significant for the airline’s engineering business.
“Honeywell Aerospace is a major player in the airline components industry, supplying APUs to around 75 percent of the world’s narrow body jet fleets.
This agreement will allow us to continue to grow our component MRO business in Christchurch and remain competitive within the region,” he said.
Meanwhile, Brian Davis, Honeywell Aerospace vice-president, airlines, Asia-Pacific, added: “The licensing agreement with Air New Zealand will allow us to help airlines in the region achieve time and cost savings with quicker turnaround by seeking support from the regional facility.”