• Thales will equip 30 A320s ordered by Loong Air.
• Loong Air will also retrofit its current four in-service A320s with Thales FMS.
• Thales TopFlight FMS has maintained a large market share in China for the past 5 years.
The Thales TopFlight FMS constitutes the new generation of flight management system offering unique functionalities such as FMS Landing System (FLS) and “see what you fly” capabilities. This system is at the forefront of the Chinese market and is the preferred choice for Airbus single aisle jets, with over 60% market share worldwide.
Known for its reliable performance and advanced functions, Thales Topflight FMS supports and manages even the most complex navigation data, due to its navigation database capacity and dual processing for faster processor capabilities. The Thales FMS is also fully capable of supporting RNP 0.1 operations and Performance Based Navigation (PBN). Loong Air has also decided to retrofit their four existing A320 aircraft with Thales FMS, consolidating their entire fleet to the same high-quality standards.
In compliance with CAAC regulations, Loong Air will also equip their aircraft with Thales Head Up Display (HUD) systems. Thales HUD systems, fully integrated with the existing cockpit architecture, provide essential flight data and information in the pilot’s forward field of view during all flight phases.
“With this win, we are pleased to now count Loong Air as a customer. Thales FMS has been selected on the Airbus single aisle range by the vast majority of Chinese operators in 2014. More than 400 Chinese aircraft are flying with Thales TopFlight FMS today.”
Daniel Malka, Thales’s Vice President in charge of avionics services worldwide
In addition to the FMS, Loong Airlines also selected Thales/Kannad Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT) both Fix (Integra) with internal Antenna & GPS and Survival (406AS) with a water switch. These specific features provide redundancy and ensure increased accuracy of the positioning of the aircraft for the rescue team to efficiently come to the appropriate location. Today, Thales Kannad ELTs continue to be the preferred option on Airbus platforms.
Thales (thalesgroup.com) is a global technology leader for the Aerospace, Transport, Defence and Security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries, Thales reported sales of €13 billion in 2014. With over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design and deploy equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its unique international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.
About Loong Airlines
Zhejiang Loong Airlines Co., Ltd (Loong Air) is a private company of Zhejiang Province, China. Based in Hangzhou and operating hubs at Xiaoshan International Airports, Zhejiang Loong Airlines mainly operates domestic air transportation business of passenger, cargo and mail, business and tourist charter.
Zhejiang Loong Airlines started its cargo flights on August 9 2012, next it started its passenger flights on December 29, 2013. By now, Zhejiang Loong Airlines has owned 6 brand-new A320 aircrafts and 3 B737-300F cargo aircrafts, and has also confirmed to Airbus a purchase order of 11xA320CEO and 9xA320NEO aircraft, its flight routes cover over 25 cities, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Kunming, Chengdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, Haikou, Chongqing, Dalian, etc.