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Delivery of A350s with Touchscreen Cockpit Displays Option Begins

: Dec 19, 2019 - : 10:22 pm

Airbus has commenced deliveries to airlines of the first A350s equipped with pioneering new touchscreen cockpit displays. To date, around 20 airlines have selected the option for their new A350s.

Specially developed for the A350 together with Thales, they will confer enhanced operational efficiencies, greater crew interaction, cockpit symmetry and smoother information management. China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of the first A350 equipped with the new devices.

Of the A350 cockpit’s six large screens, three can now become touch capable: the two outer displays plus the lower-centre display. These displays now offer touchscreen capability for the pilots when presenting Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications. The new method of input complements the existing physical keyboard integrated into the retractable table in front of each pilot and also the keyboard & trackball “keyboard-cursor control unit” (KCCU) located on the centre console.

The new technology, which was recently certified for the A350 by EASA in November, facilitates ‘pinch-zooming’ and panning gestures and will facilitate more flexibility and better interaction between both pilots. Moreover, during high workload phases of flight, the touchscreen capability reduces need for pilots to make multiple cursor inputs and avoids them having to flip between different displays when using the EFB applications collaboratively on the lower centre display.

“Airbus continues to set the industry trends in aircraft cockpit design with these new interactive touchscreen displays in the A350,” said Patrick Piedrafita, head of Airbus’ A350 XWB Programme. “With our partner Thales we are very proud to bring this technology to our customers, to enhance their aircrews’ operations.”

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