Japan Airline Systems (JAL) has selected Technical
Services and Modifications, a Boeing Commercial Aviation Services business
unit, to modernize their fleet of 747-200/-300 in-service airplanes.
The upgrades will allow continued operations in European- and
Pacific-region airspace, including the Future Air Navigation Systems
(FANS-1) environment. The upgrades also will enable the JAL 747-200/-300
airplanes to operate in the same preferred airspace as the newest airplanes
in the fleet.
The certification for the JAL upgrades will be complete May 2003.
The project includes installation and flight test of the first JAL
"Programs like this are a great opportunity for Boeing to bring real
value to an important airline customer such as JAL," said Mike Marino, vice president
of Technical Services and Modifications. "Boeing brings vast experience in
developing and certifying new flight deck features, managing logistically
complex programs with many suppliers, and supporting the customer through local regulatory approvals."
JAL is preparing for upcoming Required Navigation Performance
(RNP) initiatives in Europe and emerging terminal-area operational changes.
Operational benefits of the upgrades include access to more efficient
RNP approaches and reduced landing weather minimums, as well as support for
efficient airspace utilization and terminal area operations via reduced aircraft
Technical Services and Modifications provides comprehensive engineering
and technical support to airlines worldwide. Services include 24-hour
customer support, aircraft interiors and in-flight entertainment system
modifications, avionics upgrades and freighter conversions for Boeing and