Jun 22, 2023
China Southern Airlines Co., Ltd., the carrier offering the largest annual air passenger capacity in China, will equip its new fleet of 96 A320neo with Thales market-leading avionics solutions. This new agreement is a fitting testament to the extensive cooperation in the field of civil aviation between France and China, which was emphasized in the recent Sino-French joint statement.
China Southern Airlines’ linefit selection of Thales avionics solutions for its 96 new A320neo aircraft includes Flight Management System (FMS), Low Range Radio Altimeter (LRRA) and Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT). Deliveries of aircraft will start in the second quarter of 2024 and continue through 2027.
Since 2009, China Southern Airlines has selected Thales FMS to equip all its new A320 fleet. With an estimated market share of over 60% of aircraft in service, Thales FMS has proven to be the preferred choice for airlines worldwide, attributed to its unique functions, intuitive interface and exceptional reliability.
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Based on proven technology and extensive industry know-how, Thales enhanced LRRA features unparalleled reliability and 5G immunity that enables a hi-level protection against 5G signal interference for the new fleet.
China Southern Airlines is the first Chinese airline to select Ultima-S, Thales new generation ELT compliant with the lithium battery special conditions requirement set by the FAA and the EASA. Its portable and compact design makes it easy for cabin integration and life raft applications.
"Thales and China Southern have established a strong partnership over the past decades. This new selection demonstrates the airlines’ continuous trust in Thales’ reliability and leading technology.” Mr. Thierry Weulersse, CEO of Thales in China and Mongolia, “As China and France agree on pushing forward the bilateral cooperation in civil aviation, Thales will keep the momentum to fully support China’s high-quality civil aviation development and ambition of ‘civil aviation power’.”
“Thales is honored to be ranked 2nd in the 2022 Airbus Supplier Ranking, second to Airbus itself, demonstrating the high-level satisfaction of Airbus users on our outstanding products and services. As a major Airbus fleet operator, China Southern can rest assured that we will provide them with excellent support and services,” said Francois Piolet, Vice President and General Manager, APAC & China, Aviation Global Services, Thales Avionics.