Thales to equip avionics systems on China Southern newest Boeing 737 fleet

Thales strengthens its ties with China Southern Airlines with a major avionics contract to equip up to 80 Boeing aircraft.

Thales will install 30 B737NG and, with the intention to include 50 B737MAX with a package of components including the market leading Thales/ACSS TCAS3000 the Thales TopFlight SATCOM (Inmarsat) and Low Range Radio Altimeter.

China Southern is one of the largest users of Thales/ACSS products in China on both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. The system is fully compliant with all the main ATM requirements in China and is with DO260B ADS-B out, which guarantees the highest level of accuracy of information to pilots.

Topflight SATCOM (Inmarsat) is the most popular satellite communications terminal for all cockpit communications on Boeing and Airbus single aisle platforms.

«Thales considers China to be a key market for avionics components. Chinese airlines have to meet the requirements of a growing demand and they need an avionics supplier that can deliver fast, and guarantees service excellence. Thales success in China in this field testifies of the level of product maturity and service excellence Thales brings. »
Daniel Malka, Thales Vice President in charge of Avionics Services Worldwide activities

The Thales TopFlight (Inmarsat) SATCOM offers both voice and data services of up to 864kbps within the cockpit, providing airlines with the flexibility to configure channels according to their requirements. It was the first ARINC 781 SATCOM system to be certified on Boeing aircraft, and it remains the most reliable satellite communication system in the commercial air transport market. Its B737 configuration will provide two voice and one data channels, enabling ACARS & FANS1 communications, and can be configured to deliver Swiftbroadband to the cockpit, thus future proofing cockpit connectivity for the industry’s increasing data requirements.

About the LRRA
The Thales Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA) is a proven radio transceiver with a measured reliability higher than 10,000 flight hour Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF).

About ACSS
Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70% owned by L-3 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. ACSS is part of L-3 Aviation Products, which includes Aviation Recorders, Avionics Systems Display Systems and Electronic System Services