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AirAsia and AirAsia X select Rockwell Collins Avionics and Component Support Service

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Thursday, 21 February 2008

AirAsia and AirAsia X have selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics, bringing the total number of Rockwell Collins-equipped AirAsia and AirAsia X aircraft type A320 and A330 to 115. This selection comprises of 60 new Airbus A320 with an option for 40 additional aircraft for AirAsia and AirAsia Xs 15 Airbus A330 aircraft will be supported by a 15-year service and support agreement. Under the terms of this agreement, Rockwell Collins will provide maintenance support at a set price per flight hour, billed on a single monthly invoice.

Dato Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia said, This partnership is an important component to support our future aggressive route expansion plans over the next decade. It signifies our commitment to maintain a state-of-the-art aircraft by incorporating one of the most advanced avionics and component support services in the aviation industry.

This avionics package consists of Rockwell Collins award-winning MultiScan Hazard Detection System. MultiScan is a weather radar that analyzes and determines actual weather hazards, not simply atmospheric moisture content. MultiScan is a fully automatic, hands-free airborne radar system with more than five years of proven operational experience. The system reduces pilot workload and enhances safety and passenger comfort by minimizing unexpected turbulence encounters, and provides optimal clutter-free weather detection from the nose of the aircraft to 320 nautical miles.

AirAsia and AirAsia X also selected the Rockwell Collins GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), an integrated unit that provides the aircrafts primary position, velocity and time reference, and enables precision landing capability. The advanced MMR also offers instrument landing system capability and high-integrity, satellite-based positioning for navigation and future landing functions. The GLU-924 MMR is designed to meet future air traffic management requirements while offering commonality across fleet types.

The ADF-900 Automatic Direction Finder, DME-900 Distance Measuring Equipment, HFS-900D High Frequency System, CPL-920D Coupling Unit and the VOR-900 VHF Omnidirectional Radio were also selected.

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