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China Eastern Airlines selects Thales’s entire avionics suite

Jan 23. 2014 

China Eastern Airlines’ new Airbus single aisle fleet will fly with Thales’s newest avionics solutions. The selection includes surveillance systems, flight management systems and head up displays1.

Following Airbus’ announcement to integrate Thales’s ACSS T3CAS® surveillance platform as the preferred solution on all new single aisle aircraft, China Eastern is the first major Chinese airline to select this new generation system2.

Also equipped on the aircraft will be TopFlight, Thales’s Flight Management System (FMS). This system, developed with GE aviation, is the number one choice for Airbus single aisle jets with over 60% market share3. The Thales Head Up Display (HUD) is the sole solution certified on Airbus aircraft and compliant with the latest Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) roadmap for HUD integration in Chinese registered commercial aircraft.

1. China Eastern also selected Thales’s Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA) and Thales’s/Kannad’s Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) as part of their selection package. 2. Phoenix-based Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70% owned by L-3 Communications and 30% owned by Thales, is a leader in safety avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for aircraft operators in all phases of flight. The surveillance platform is compliant with existing and future ATM requirements in Europe, US and APAC regions and opensthe way for ADS-B IN capabilities. Besides offering an integrated TCAS Change 7.1, a performance based TAWS and an ADS-B capable transponder in a 6 MCU package, T3CAS® also offers a full range of Airbus ADS-B IN functions such as ATSA-AIRB (Enhanced Air traffic Surveillance) and ATSA-ITP (In Trail Procedure) on Single Aisle and Long Range aircraft. 3. The Thales FMS system includes powerful hardware combined with the latest certified Airbus Release 1A software is offering second to none reactivity and unique features such as secondary flight plan, realistic navigation trajectory computations or FMS Landing System capabilities (FLS) to the flight crew.