21 June 2013
Philippine Airlines selects Thales Avionics equipment for their new Airbus fleet
Philippine Airlines (PAL) has selected an extensive range of Thales Avionics equipment for their 44 A321s and 20 A330s.
The package includes the TopFlight FMS (Flight Management System) for which a new software version is being supplied for PAL’s new aircraft. Release 1A, certified on the Airbus A320 and A330 Family, provides new capabilities such as Required Navigation Performance with Authorization Required (RNP AR down to RNP 0.1) and GNSS Landing System (GLS) capabilities. Other unique functionalities include the FMS Landing System (FLS), which provides a new way to fly non-precision approaches using ILS (Instrument Landing System)-like procedures, thus enhancing situational awareness and substantially reducing training time and cost through standardized procedures. Existing features like the multi-revision temporary flight plan with undo function and an enhanced intuitive “What You See is What You Fly” display system remain unique to Thales Avionics technology on those aircraft families. PAL have also selected Thales Avionics for the provision of their Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA), one of the most reliable Radio Altimeters on the market, boasting an average MTBF (Mean Time Between Failure) of 40,000 flight hours across the worldwide Airbus fleet. The Integra Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), a brand new product from Airbus market-leader THALES/KANAD, comprising unique features such as integrated GPS and antennas, will also to be installed on PAL’s new Airbus fleet. “Once again, THALES has demonstrated their unwavering support and commitment in providing quality products and services to PAL. We are pleased to have THALES onboard our aircraft.” said PAL president and COO Ramon Ang. “Thales Avionics is very excited about PAL’s decision to have Thales Avionics onboard their Single Aisle and Long Range aircraft. This selection is a testament to Thales Avionics products and also our commitment to support customers in Asia, where our current 60% market share on TopFlight FMS is growing thanks to the performance and the reliability of our products,” said Wee Boon Chong, Vice President and General Manager of Thales Avionics Asia. “Airline customers also have immense confidence in the long-term commitments of the Thales Avionics product support organization,” Wee ads.