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Malaysia Airlines Picks Thales Flight Safety Systems For A330neo

Malaysia Airlines Enhances A330neo Fleet with Thales Avionics for Improved Safety and Navigation

20 Airbus A330neo aircraft in Malaysia Airlines’ fleet will be fitted with Thales’ Flight Management System (FMS) and ACSS’ Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (T3CAS®).
20 Airbus A330neo aircraft in Malaysia Airlines’ fleet will be fitted with Thales’ Flight Management System (FMS) and ACSS’ Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (T3CAS®). Image: Thales

Malaysia Airlines, the nation’s flagship carrier, is taking a significant step in aviation safety and navigation. They are updating 20 Airbus A330neo planes with Thales’s latest Thales Flight Management System (FMS) and ACSS’ Traffic Collision Avoidance System (T3CAS®). This collaboration is a first for Malaysia Airlines, favoring innovative technologies to enhance passenger safety and improve navigation on complex flights.

Thales’ Advanced Flight Management System

Equipped with Thales‘ high-performance FMS, each aircraft can fly with unparalleled precision. This system includes the latest Airbus software, offering a secondary flight plan, efficient navigation computation, and FLS capabilities. Pilots receive real-time updates to maximize efficiency and safety, ensuring every flight proceeds smoothly. Thales’ FMS is a market leader, with installations on 7,000 aircraft worldwide.

ACSS’ T3CAS for Superior Collision Avoidance

ACSS’s T3CAS paves the way for high-level safety, being the market’s first ADS-B Out DO-260B compliant transponder. It integrates multiple functions into a single device for enhanced safety, reducing weight and space. The T3CAS improves pilot awareness with up-to-the-minute flight data and includes ADS-B In ATSAW to prevent collisions. It also features a TAWS that allows safer navigation around mountainous airports with its precise 0.1 nautical mile RNP-AR capabilities.

Avionics Support from Singapore’s Thales AGS Centre

Thales will install and service the new avionics equipment through its renowned Aviation Global Services center in Singapore. With five decades of experience since 1973, the Singapore team brings unparalleled expertise to maintain and enhance Airbus operations in Asia.

Malaysia Airlines’ partnership with Thales will enhance flight safety and operational efficiency. The airline offers passengers safe and reliable journeys through the skies by adding these systems to their A330neo planes.

“We are honored that Malaysia Airlines, the national carrier of Malaysia, has selected Thales for the first time as their preferred partner for avionics solutions. Our expertise in helping airlines optimize their fleets with high-technology solutions developed by Thales or jointly with our partners, makes us a leading centre for airline services in Asia. We look forward to strengthening our partnership and helping Malaysia Airlines deliver a great experience for their customers,” said Francois PIOLET, General Manager APAC, Aviation Global Services.

“Thales has been supporting the needs of Malaysian customers for over 40 years and we appreciate the trust that Malaysia Airlines now places in our industry-leading avionics solutions. We were proud to provide inflight entertainment systems on their A380 fleet in earlier years and we look forward to future collaboration with the aviation sector now in full recovery,” said Francois-Xavier BOUTES, Country Director, Thales in Malaysia.

“We are delighted to induct our first A330neo in Q3 2024, delivering an enhanced level of comfort and innovation to our passengers. The integration of Thales’ advanced systems and technology into this new aircraft type will provide our crew with the essential tools to perform their duties with heightened precision, prioritizing the safety of our customers and crew in all our operations,” said Captain Nasaruddin A. Bakar, Chief Operating Officer of Malaysia Airlines

Thales in Singapore: Driving Technological Innovation and Growth

Thales has been a significant player in Singapore since 1973, supporting the Asia-Pacific region’s burgeoning aerospace activities. Initially focused on aerospace, Thales operates across the Aerospace, Defence & Security, and Digital Identity & Security (DIS) sectors. Thales runs a prominent Research and Technology team with innovation at its core—one of only five globally. This team, along with the Innovation Hub and Digital Factory, spearheads technological advancements in the region.

Thales leads the way in digital identification and security from Singapore. It is the primary location for the Thales Group’s multi-module DIS Manufacturing Competence Centre. Here, a dedicated Engineering Competence Centre undertakes groundbreaking research and product development. They cater to various industries, including banking, telecommunications, and automotive. In the aerospace sector, Thales boasts the group’s most extensive avionics manufacturing site right in Singapore.

Thales employs a diverse workforce of over 2,000 individuals from more than thirty nationalities and nurtures talent in multiple locations within the city. The firm has a significant presence at Ayer Rajah Crescent, Changi North Rise, and Suntec City.

ACSS: Pioneering Avionics for Enhanced Flight Safety

Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems (ACSS) represents a powerhouse joint venture dominated by L3Harris Technologies with a 70% stake, complemented by Thales’s 30% share. ACSS is at the forefront of designing avionics systems that bolster flight safety, situational awareness, and efficiency for commercial, corporate, and military operators. Over 75,000 ACSS systems are used in operations, making flying safer and more reliable for various air travel stakeholders.


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