(File pix) Thales has been selected by AirAsia for the supply of avionics systems on their new fleet of 304 A320neos in a contract that will also include a long-term repair-by-the-hour support agreement.

LANGKAWI: Thales has been selected by AirAsia for the supply of avionics systems on their new fleet of 304 A320neos in a contract that will also include a long-term repair-by-the-hour support agreement.

Thales will equip the single-aisle aircraft with its Flight Management System (FMS) which is the navigation system used in most Airbus aircraft, and its Thales/ACSS T3CAS2 surveillance platform.

The package also includes low-range radio altimeters and emergency location transmitters, Thales said at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace (LIMA ‘17) exhibition today.

Thales vice-president and general manager of avionics services worldwide, Eric Huber, said the Asian aviation market is one of the most competitive in the world.

"Carriers like AirAsia must strive to the highest levels of aircraft utilisation and efficiency in order to succeed. As a result, they require an avionics components developer and MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) network they can trust to deliver to the highest standards and with near-perfect reliability.

"It is therefore a point of particular pride that Thales is chosen time and time again by AirAsia," he said.

Thales, in fact, has been partnering with AirAsia since 2005. All of the carrier's Airbus aircraft are fitted with Thales equipment.

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