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ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company, based in Kuwait, has selected a suite of Rockwell Collins avionics, including MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar and Multi Mode Receiver (MMR), for 85 A320 NEO aircraft.
In addition, ALAFCO is provisioning its A320 NEO fleet for Rockwell Collins’ PAVES™ Overhead Broadcast and PAVES Wireless Content Distribution inflight entertainment system (IFE). Deliveries will begin in 2017.
“The avionics suite we’ve developed for ALAFCO, the largest aircraft leasing company in the Middle East, will deliver unprecedented capabilities in surveillance and navigation to its growing global customer base,” said Claude Alber, vice president and managing director, Europe, Middle East and Africa for Rockwell Collins. “Customers that opt to take advantage of our wireless and IFE systems will have access to faster onboard connectivity due to the wireless system’s ability to accommodate more than 200 passengers, as well as a variety of entertainment and information options.”
ALAFCO’s vice chairman and CEO, Ahmad A. Alzabin, said “I look forward to enhancing our company’s relationship with Rockwell Collins by selecting the latest avionics suite and IFE system for our 85 new A320 NEO aircraft. By selecting these new products from Rockwell Collins, our airline customers will benefit from their advanced navigational and operational capabilities.”
MultiScan ThreatTrack is the latest evolution of Rockwell Collins’ MultiScan weather radar solution, which was brought to market in 2002 and was the first with fully automatic, “hands-free” operation. MultiScan ThreatTrack is the only commercial airborne radar offered by both Airbus and Boeing that delivers market-first capabilities, including Two-Level Turbulence Detection and Predictive OverFlight™ Protection, while enabling inferred hail and lightning detection.
GLU-925 MMR, the first certified GPS Landing System receiver, enables high-integrity navigation, including RNP AR, Category III ILS and Category I Global Positioning Landing System approaches. The MMR also enables GPS position and availability requirements for ADS-B Out mandates.
The PAVES Broadcast overhead IFE system provides passengers with a wider range of information and entertainment content than previous offerings while significantly reducing size, weight and power consumption. The system’s HD media server offers 160 GB of solid-state digital audio and video storage capability, integrated pre-recorded announcements and music and the Airshow® 3D Moving Map.
About Rockwell Collins
Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, simulation and training, and information management is delivered by a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses more than 150 countries. To find out more, please visit www.rockwellcollins.com.
About ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company
ALAFCO is a Kuwait based aircraft leasing company with 53 Boeing and Airbus aircraft in its portfolio that it leases to sixteen airlines in fourteen countries globally. In addition to the 85 Airbus NEO aircraft, the company also has 20 B737 MAX and 12 A350-900 aircraft on order with Boeing and Airbus. ALAFCO is listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange and its ticker symbol is ALAFCO. For more information on Alafco, you may visit the company website atwww.alafco-kw.com.