Jul 1, 2017: AirAsia, a Malaysian low-cost airline has selected French multinational company, Thales for the equipment of avionics systems on their new fleet of 304 A320neos. The contract will also comprise of a long-term Repair-By-The-Hour support agreement. Deliveries of the aircraft started in October 2016.
Thales will equip the 304 single-aisles with its Flight Management System (FMS)1, the navigation solution of choice for Airbus aircraft, alongside the THALES/ACSS T3CAS2 surveillance platform, the ideal solution for all Airbus single aisle aircraft. Beyond its position as a market leading instrument, with approximately 70 percent market share on new Airbus A320 and A330 families, the Thales FMS has numerous key differentiators to competitors’ systems, such as the “what you see is what you fly” technology and temporary flight plan capability. The new fleet will also feature Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA) and Emergency Location Transmitters (ELT).
Thales has been partnering with AirAsia since 2005, building a close collaboration in support of the airline’s expansion strategy. AirAsia already equips their entire Airbus fleet with Thales systems and has selected the group for all maintenance and support operations for Thales systems equipped across their entire A320 fleet of 200 aircraft. Besides the avionics suite, Thales will continue to provide a Repair-by-The-Hour (RBTH) long-term maintenance contract to support AirAsia’s fleet expansion. The agreement offers guaranteed turnaround times on repairs and provides a commitment of reliability with less operational risk.
“The Asian aviation market is one of the most competitive in the world. Carriers like AirAsia must strive to the highest levels of aircraft utilisation and efficiency in order to succeed. As a result, they require an avionics components developer and MRO network they can trust to deliver to the highest standards and with near perfect reliability. It is therefore a point of particular pride that Thales is chosen time and time again by AirAsia.” said Éric Huber, Thales Vice-President and General Manager, Avionics Services Worldwide.