Thales reinforces position as provider of choice on Head-Up-Displays in China across 2016

Across 2016 Thales has consolidated its position as the Head-UpDisplay (HUD) provider of choice in China. The Thales HUD system has been selected on over 130 aircraft across the year. 

  • Thales HUD selected on over 130 aircraft in China in 2016
  • The situational awareness aid a HUD provides is especially important to aircraft in China due to traffic density and weather conditions 
  • Thales is one of the world’s top developers of HUDs with over four decades experience across civil and military systems 

Thales is one of the world’s top developers of HUD technology with a track record that spans over four decades across both civil and military markets. Today the group is the sole supplier of HUD technology on the entire Airbus fleet. Available in single but preferably in dual installation, the Thales HUD is today selected by Chinese airlines on board all Airbus aircraft series in production, including A350 XWB but A330 CEO/NEO and through all the SA family from A319 to A321 CEO/NEO.

The HUD system is a major situational awareness contributor giving pilots greater visibility throughout all phases of flight, especially take-off and landing, and provides pilots with essential, intuitive and immediate trajectory information through symbols presented on top of the pilot’s actual external view.

This makes it an extremely useful system for China with its significant traffic density, and weather conditions. As a result of this need the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority has made HUD a requirement on aircraft flying in China to get reduced landing minima for SCatI operations on listed airport in China (more than 60 airports to be published by end of 2016). Airlines are therefore now starting to boost retrofit systems as well, which places Thales in a unique position as the group supports the Airbus retrofit programme for the A320. 

Thales considers China to be one of its most important markets for avionics components. Chinese airlines have extremely high requirements in terms of system performance and the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority places a high priority on safety in ever more congested skies and in adverse weather conditions. Which is why it is important for Thales, as a top developer of HUD technology, to have a strong presence in this important market, and these contracts are clear proof points of this position. 
Daniel Malka, Thales Vice President in charge of Avionics Services Worldwide activities