Lufthansa has selected Hamilton Sundstrand, a United Technologies company, to supply its APS 3200 auxiliary power unit (APU) for 30 new single-aisle Airbus aircraft. The company has also recently delivered the first production-configuration secondary electric power distribution center (SEPDC) chassis assembly for the Airbus A400M military airlifter.
Subsidiary Kidde Aerospace & Defense unit will supply fire protection systems for the Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, for which Kidde will provide the engine and APU fire-detection system and the cargo compartment firesuppression systems. They feature high reliability fire detectors and titanium extinguishers, which are substantially lighter than conventional stainless steel units.
The SEPDC, meanwhile, is to be installed on the first flight test A400M in Saint-Nazaire. It provides switching and protection for the airplane’s approximately 1,000 electrical loads using the vendor’s solid-state power controller technology and it controls up to 15 utility functions.
Hamilton Sundstrand is also adding to its support order book. Air New Zealand has selected the company’s comprehensive asset repair and exchange program to provide maintenance support for its Boeing 777 fleet, business worth an estimated $18 million over 10 years.
Another 10-year deal will see the company providing repair services for the integrated drive generators on JetBlue’s Airbus A320 fleet. And an expanded agreement with British Airways will see it adding the airline’s pneumatic product line to an on-site support program that already covers constant speed drives, generators and integrated drive generators. The program started in 2002 and runs through 2012.