Thales to equip its avionics package on all 234 new Airbus A320 fleet purchased by Lion Air


  • Thales will equip 234 A320s ordered by Lion Air with its avionics package.
  • This represents the largest Airbus order ever placed by Lion Air.
  • This follows the order placed by China Eastern earlier this year, reinforcing Thales’s position as a major player in South East Asia.

PARIS, 14-11-2014 — /EuropaWire/ — Thales will equip its avionics package on all 234 new Airbus A320 fleet purchased by Lion Air. This represents the largest order for Airbus single-aisle aircraft ever placed by Lion Air.

Lion Air, who already equip their entire ATR fleet with Thales systems, is Indonesia’s largest private airline and one of the fastest growing carriers in South East Asia.

The avionics suite fitted on the new planes will include the Thales TopFlight Management System1, which, with over 60% market share, is the number one choice for Airbus single-aisle aircraft.

The avionics suite equipped on the new A320 fleet will include the ACSS  T3CAS  surveillance platform2. Following Airbus’s decision to make this a standard surveillance avionics suite for its A320 family, there has been significant interest in this system, particularly in Asia. Lion Air now joins a fast growing list of airlines (including, China Eastern, Air Asia and Cebu Pacific) that have selected this new generation surveillance platform for their fleets.

The package will also include the ELT Integra3, Emergency Locator Transmitter.

These high-reliability navigation management systems, provide a simplified working environment for Lion Air pilots, especially in the heavy congested South Asian airspace.

“Our position as partner of choice for avionics equipment in Asia has been considerably strengthened this year. After the success with China Eastern, the renewed confidence placed in us by Lion Air in this very ambitious fleet renewal, demonstrates how Thales is fast becoming a leading player in this region” said Daniel Malka, Thales Vice President and General Manager of Avionics Services Worldwide.

“With state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology in avionics, Thales’s avionics suite will increase the safety of Lion Air’s aircraft by easing the journey during hazardous weather conditions and provide a comfortable flight experience for our passengers.”

Rusdi Kiran, CEO of Lion Air Group

1.          The Thales FMS system includes powerful hardware combined with the latest certified Airbus Release 1A software is offering second to none reactivity and unique features such as secondary flight plan, realistic navigation trajectory computations or FMS Landing System capabilities (FLS) to flight crew.

2.       T3CAS® by ACSS is a complete surveillance solution that integrates TCAS, TAWS and a transponder in a single 6MCU box on the Airbus Single Aisle aircraft. T3CAS provides a platform that offers Required Navigation Performance – Authorization Required (RNP AR), Airborne Traffic Situational Awareness (ADS-B IN ATSAW) capability, Runway Overrun Protection System (ROPS) full compliance and the first ADS-B OUT DO-260B compliant transponder on the market.

Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), 70% owned by L-3 and 30% owned by Thales, is a leader in safety avionics systems that increase safety, situational awareness and efficiency for aircraft operators in all phases of flight. ACSS is part of L-3 Aviation Products, which includes Aviation Recorders, Avionics Systems Display Systems and Electronic System Services. 2.

The surveillance platform is compliant with existing and future ATM requirements in Europe, the US and APAC regions and opens the way for ADS-B IN capabilities. Besides offering an integrated TCAS Change 7.1, a performance based TAWS and an ADS-B capable transponder in a 6 MCU package, T3CAS® also offers a full range of Airbus ADS-B IN functions such as ATSA-AIRB (Enhanced Air traffic Surveillance) and ATSA-ITP (In Trail Procedure) on Single Aisle and Long Range aircraft.

3.          Integra ELT is an Emergency Locator Transmitter and an extension of OROLIA (formerly KANNAD) ELTs range whose development is a based on improving the safety of flights. Thanks to its built-in GPS and internal antenna, INTEGRA is 100% autonomous. It is the only ELT with automatic switching of the internal antenna upon detection of failure of the external antenna connection

Thales is a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets. In 2013, the company generated revenues of €14.2 billion with 65,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 25,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with operations around the world working with customers and local partners.

Lion Air took to the skies from Indonesia in 2000 with one aircraft in its fleet. Within eight years of operation, Lion Air now flies to more than 36 cities in Indonesia and many other destinations such as, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam on a fleet of brand new aircraft. As the largest private carrier in Indonesia, Lion Air offer passengers not only affordable airfares in the market, but safe, comfortable, reliable and convenient air travel.


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