DUBAI: Turkish and Oman Air opt for Rockwell Collins avionics

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Rockwell Collins has won a number of avionics and electronic equipment contracts from Middle Eastern airlines.

Turkish Airlines selected the US manufacturer to supply its full cockpit equipment suite for 82 narrow- and widebody aircraft. The deal – which includes a long-term, time and material-based repair agreement – covers 25 Airbus A320s, 17 A330s, 20 current-generation Boeing 737s and Turkish’s complete, 20-strong 777 fleet.

The equipment includes the supplier’s “MultiScan” weather radar system that offers severe weather predication functionalities, such as hail and lighting potential and storm cell tracking. It also includes satellite transmission units to provide connectivity for both crew and passenger communications.

Oman Air has ordered avionics suites, including second-generation traffic alert and collision avoidance (TCAS II) systems, for 11 new 737s. Deliveries are due to begin in late 2014, says Rockwell Collins.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian Airlines has contracted the manufacturer to supply new image generation systems for its existing flight simulators. The deal covers the carrier’s complete, six-strong fleet of Level D full-flight simulators.

Deliveries should start before year-end.