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Rockwell Collins announces first delivery for ARJ21 regional jet


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (July 27, 2006) - Rockwell Collins announced Thursday that it will complete this summer the first delivery of avionics to AVIC I Commercial Aircraft Co. (ACAC) Ltd. of China for the new ARJ21 regional jet. Officials from both companies celebrated the milestone with a formal acceptance ceremony at Rockwell Collins headquarters in Cedar Rapids.

“This delivery marks the first large system integration test rig from our international suppliers and the start of aircraft system integration,” said ACAC President Zheng Qiang. “We appreciate the efforts of Rockwell Collins to accomplish this important milestone ahead of schedule. This achievement shall inspire all ARJ21 stakeholders and elevates our confidence in future milestones and the success of our aircraft.”

The ARJ21-700 is scheduled to make its first flight in March 2008 and is expected to go into revenue service by mid 2009. The 78- to 90-seat aircraft is designed to meet the demanding conditions of China’s diverse environment and will be a contender in the world marketplace for regional jets.

Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line 21 avionics system is a key feature of the new ARJ21 regional jet. The ARJ21 flight deck configuration strives for commonality with air transport flight decks, and is the result of a joint definition by ACAC, the airline pilot community and Rockwell Collins. In addition to supplying the avionics system, Rockwell Collins is also serving as the avionics system integrator for the advanced regional jet.

“The ARJ21 flight deck represents the next generation of Pro Line 21 capabilities for regional jets,” said Denny Helgeson, vice president and general manager of business and regional systems. “This successful first delivery is the result of our close working relationship with ACAC.”

Helgeson added that Rockwell Collins’ exclusive avionics position on the ARJ21 bodes well for the future.

“The aviation business continues to grow at an accelerated rate in China,” said Helgeson. “We’re excited to be on the ground floor of that growth.”

The Pro Line 21 system is designed to meet the demands of the regional airline environment, specifically allowing for increased functionality, increased reliability and improved maintainability. The Pro Line 21 system’s proven high dispatch availability, advanced data communications technology and extensive system integration will ensure growth for future Communication, Navigation, Surveillance/ Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) requirements.

Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronics solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications and information management is strengthened by 17,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit

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