Thales is to supply the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China with an Airbus A320 Standard 1.5.0 level-D full-flight simulator and an A320-configured Thales formation systems trainer.
As the A400M program gathers force, Airbus Military has chosen Thales as its preferred partner for training systems. A formal agreement covers the delivery of full-flight simulators to AMSL, plus an MoU for the provision of training solutions to France and the UK. AMSL and Thales will pool their considerable resources to provide training systems and services for A400M customers.
Danis Ranque, CEO of European electronics conglomerate Thales, insisted last month that the company is not likely to be the object of a merger or takeover, contrary to some speculation in the financial press. He said Thales posted a 7-percent improvement in operating income last year, driven by a 16-percent gain in defense electronics sales.
In a shift from its traditional role serving the airlines, Thales is preparing to expand its presence in North America this year with a line of avionics products for business jets. But before the manufacturer fully commits to the endeavor, it is putting extra emphasis on product support, an area that has caused headaches for the manufacturer–and its customers–in the past.
Boeing’s Alteon Training subsidiary has awarded a contract to Thales for 787 Dreamliner training equipment. The contracts call for Thales to install six suites of training equipment at key locations in the Alteon network of training centers, with first delivery scheduled for 2007.
The Dassault group is set to sell its 5.7- percent share in Thales, the defense electronics group. “Is there any interest in staying in? My reply is no,” Dassault Aviation chief executive Charles Edelstenne told journalists on Friday.
Thales Aerospace boss François Quentin sees in-flight entertainment (IFE) equipment as the fastest growing of the division’s businesses. It will improve the civil/military balance and the proportion of U.S. revenues, he said. Quentin is also keen on explaining how Thales’ so-called multi-domestic strategy is paying off.
In what is being billed as the biggest such deal in airline history, Air Canada has picked Thales as its supplier-of-choice for in-flight entertainment systems across its fleet of 241 airplanes. The Thales IFE system, called TopFlight i-4500, will be fitted in Airbus, Boeing, Embraer and Bombardier models flown by the airline.
Lockheed Martin UK awarded Thales UK an “intention to proceed” contract to upgrade the acoustics system of in-service EH101 Merlin HM Mk1 helicopters operated by the Royal Navy. Worth £27 million ($50 million), the contract covers 30 aircraft with an option for eight more.
Thales UK, part of the Thales Group (Hall 3 Stand C5; Hall 4 Stand C16c), delivered a rear crew synthetic trainer (RCST) to the Sea King Mk 3/3A helicopter training service operated by the company at the Royal Air Force’s St. Mawgan base.