New Boeing 777s headed to Ethiopian Airlines will feature satellite communications, Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities and a range of other advanced avionics systems, Rockwell Collins said Tuesday, Nov. 26.
The fastest growing African carrier selected a full suite of avionics from Rockwell Collins for its growing fleet of Boeing 777 passenger jets, which currently includes 10 aircraft. Ethiopian received its first Boeing 777-300ER on Nov. 8, and will take delivery of three additional 777-300ERs through 2014.
The airline selected the MultiScan Threat Detection System, GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR) and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS II) to help improve situational awareness for its pilots.
"The equipment provides advanced operational experience to our pilots and provides a smooth and safe flight experience to our customers. At the same time, it helps us to reduce cost, as we have maintenance and spares commonality on all our brand new B777 fleet," said Mesfin Tasew, COO of Ethiopian Airlines.