France’s Thales Group will today officially open a new 6,000 square meter maintenance center for the Airbus A380 in Singapore. The new facility will initially employ 150 workers and eventually expand to house other Thales activities. Thales Aerospace senior vice president Francois Quentin, French ambassador Jean-Paul Reau and Singapore minister for transport Yeo Cheow Tong are scheduled to attend the inauguration.
Separately, one of the region’s most dynamic new airlines– Malaysia’s AirAsia–just registered its vote of confidence for Thales’ support services with its selection of the company’s repair by-the-hour package for TopFlight avionics components scheduled for installation on 60 new Airbus A320s. Deliveries started late last year and the airline holds options for another 40 airplanes. The service contract runs for 15 years.
Other recent aerospace developments involving the French group saw Thales (Chalet F3) become the preferred in-flight entertainment provider for Chile’s LAN Airlines. The program will involve both retrofit and line-fit installation of the TopSeries I-4000 video and audio on-demand system for 18 Boeing 767s and options on another three 767s and four Airbus A340s. Aircraft deliveries start next month and include Thales’ turnkey maintenance program and digital media services.
Thales’ in-flight entertainment system, called TopSeries, went on the Boeing 777-200LR Worldliner early last year and traveled the world during Boeing’s “Going the Distance” tour. Boeing operated the system on the Worldliner during the new world record distance flight of 11,664 nm. Setting a new IFE record, the system ran at every seat for the entire 22 hours and 42 minutes of the flight without a single incident.