CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Nov. 26, 2013) – Ethiopian Airlines has selected Rockwell Collins to provide the full suite of avionics equipment for its new and growing fleet of Boeing 777s, which currently includes 10 aircraft. The selection includes Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan™ Threat Detection System, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) and SATCOM.
“We’re pleased to have the opportunity with this fast-growing African airline to help their pilots be more aware of their surroundings and operate more efficiently using our advanced avionics,” said Steve Timm, vice president and general manager, Air Transport Systems for Rockwell Collins.
Mesfin Tasew, COO, Ethiopian Airlines said, “We are pleased to reach in agreement with Rockwell Collins on our B777 avionics, the equipment provides advanced operational experience to our pilots and provides a smooth and safe flight experience to our customers. At the same time, it helps us to reduce cost, as we have maintenance and spares commonality on all our brand new B777 fleet.”
Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing and the most profitable Airline in Africa. Ethiopian operates the youngest and most modern fleet to its more than 76 international destinations across six continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, 777-200LR, 777-300ER, 777-F and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin.
Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan Threat Detection System is a fully automatic airborne weather radar system that combines the latest weather science with advanced engineering concepts to identify and analyze thunderstorm cells, and display weather threats. The end result is fewer flight diversions, which leads to lower fuel burn, and greater passenger comfort due to minimizing unexpected turbulent encounters.
Rockwell Collins’ industry-leading GLU-925 MMR enables airlines and operators to take advantage of evolving Required Navigation Performance (RNP)/Area Navigation (RNAV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. The GLU-925 fulfills the requirements for aircraft navigation position source, Category III Instrument Landing System (ILS), Category I Global Positioning Landing System (GLS), accessing RNP/RNAV airspace (down to RNP Authorization Required 0.1), and meets the GPS position and availability requirements for ADS-B Out mandates.
The TTR-2100 TCAS II system assists pilots by providing airborne situational awareness of surrounding traffic and with the inclusion of ADS-B In applications, airlines will experience greater situational awareness to visually identify nearby traffic, thus improving safety.
For SATCOM, Ethiopian Airlines selected Rockwell Collins’ SAT-2200 and -2100 systems, which allows airline crews to maintain communications during all phases of flight without pilot intervention. The systems are compliant with the latest industry standard for Inmarsat SATCOM capability for classic Aeronautical operation.
About Ethiopian Airlines
Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its operations in the past close to seven decades, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian commands the lion share of the pan-African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 76 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as the Boeing 787, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200LR Freighter and Bombardier Q-400 with double cabin. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft.
Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.
About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by 19,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.