Honeywell Sees Rising Demand For Connected Aircraft

Impact of connectivity will go beyond in-flight entertainment systems, says avionics giant.

Honeywell Aerospace sees rising demand for onboard connectivity, with the effects likely to be felt far beyond the passenger cabin.

“We have over 500 of our JetWave units installed and we expect that to be well north of 1,000 by the end of the year,” says Philip Hermann, director, cross product marketing & connected aircraft business development at Honeywell Aerospace.

The JetWave satellite communications system allows customers to make use of Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Ka-band service.

Honeywell believes the real impact of connectivity will be felt beyond in-flight entertainment, in the form of better weather information, engine usage data, maintenance reporting and other information that can be better analyzed to help airlines improve efficiency and reduce costs.

“Connectivity is a potential revenue source through in-flight entertainment, but it can also help drive overall availability of the aircraft,” says Hermann, adding that if connectivity started out as a cost for operators it has progressed to being a source of ancillary revenue and also a means to cut operating costs.

Honeywell's GoDirect Weather Information Service with real-time weather updates, connected flight management systems, and other connected services, for example, could save airlines from $25,000 to $100,000 per aircraft annually through avoiding hazardous conditions, reducing delays and diversions and decreasing maintenance costs and downtime, the company says.

“Airlines can now improve operational efficiency as a result of better access to data,” says Honeywell, with real-time flight planning services helping cut flight time by up to 5% while decreasing delays.

“Honeywell's GoDirect Fuel Efficiency software collects data from airline IT systems to provide data analysis and reporting, identify operational savings opportunities, optimize fuel usage with as much as 5% annual fuel savings, and drive reduced emissions,” the company adds.—

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