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 ultramodern
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-921 and -2100 TCAS II systems assist 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 Rockwell Collins
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innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and
government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics,
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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.
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