BRITISH AIRWAYS IS expected to order Future Air Navigation System-1 (FANS-1) avionics for its Boeing 747-400 fleet, following an agreement with Russia over the opening up of new over-flight routes. A board-level decision by BA is due this month.

The first two new routes over Russia will enable pilots of BA's FANS-1-equipped 747s to fly more directly between London and Tokyo, saving 20-30min on average. Other European airlines are expected to follow BA's lead and acquire FANS-1 avionics soon.

Meanwhile, a Honeywell flight-management computer has been selected by Boeing for incorporation in the FANS-capable versions of its 757 and 767.

Honeywell's Pegasus processor was selected over an offering from rival Smiths Industries.

Source: Flight International