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Malaysia Airlines, Thales Collaborate for Avionics Enhancement

Our Bureau - : Feb 21, 2024 - : 5:24 pm

Malaysia Airlines has announced a partnership with Thales focused on equipping 20 Airbus A330neo aircraft with avionics equipment. This equipment includes Thales’ Flight Management System (FMS) and ACSS’ Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (T3CAS).

Thales’ FMS features robust hardware and the latest certified Airbus Release 1A software, offering unique features for flight crew such as a secondary flight plan and realistic navigation trajectory computations. The system has been installed on 7,000 aircraft worldwide.

ACSS’ T3CAS, the first ADS-B Out DO-260B compliant transponder, combines communication and surveillance into a lightweight system, enhancing situational awareness for pilots with real-time data of surrounding aircraft. The T3CAS also includes Airbus’ Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness and Terrain Avoidance Warning System functions.

Installation and maintenance of the avionics equipment will be conducted at Thales’ Aviation Global Services center in Singapore, which has been supporting Airbus expansion in Asia since 1973.

“We are honored that Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, has selected Thales for the first time as their preferred partner for avionics solutions. Our expertise in helping airlines optimize their fleets with high-technology solutions developed by Thales or jointly with our partners makes us a leading center for airline services in Asia,” said Francois Piolet, General Manager APAC, Aviation Global Services. “We look forward to strengthening our partnership and helping Malaysia Airlines deliver a great experience for their customers.”

“Thales has been supporting the needs of Malaysian customers for over 40 years and we appreciate the trust that Malaysia Airlines now places in our industry-leading avionics solutions,” said Francois-Xavier Boutes, Country Director, Thales in Malaysia. “We were proud to provide inflight entertainment systems on their A380 fleet in earlier years and we look forward to future collaboration with the aviation sector now in full recovery.”

“We are delighted to induct our first A330neo in Q3 2024, delivering an enhanced level of comfort and innovation to our passengers. The integration of Thales’ advanced systems and technology into this new aircraft type will provide our crew with the essential tools to perform their duties with heightened precision, prioritizing the safety of our customers and crew in all our operations.” Captain Nasaruddin A. Bakar, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airlines.


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