AirAsia and AirAsia X select Rockwell Collins for Airbus A320 and A330 avionics and component support service
AirAsia and AirAsia X, a long haul low-cost affiliate of AirAsia have selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics which brings the total number of Rockwell Collins-equipped for 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 X’s 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. Rockwell Collins has also previously announced service and support contract with AirAsia for 100 A320 aircraft.
Jeff Standerski, vice president and general manager of Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins said, “Rockwell Collins has worked closely with AirAsia to deliver a comprehensive package of advanced aviation electronics that provide maximum value for their mission. Through this relationship, we are honored to help AirAsia deliver convenient, efficient and affordable flights to their customer base.”
“We’re pleased to continue our tradition of providing AirAsia with a tailored service and support offering that will provide increased reliability and enhanced efficiency to their operations,” said Ken Estelle, vice president and general manager, Technical Service Solutions for Rockwell Collins.
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 service in the aviation industry.
Azran Osman-Rani, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X, also commented “We are pleased with our selection of Rockwell Collins as our preferred Avionics supplier for our new A330 fleet. Proven reliability and low maintenance costs will assist us in becoming the leading long-haul low cost carrier with an excellent safety record.”
This avionics package consists of Rockwell Collins’ award-winning MultiScan Hazard Detection™ System. MultiScan is the first and only 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 aircraft’s 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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