February 6, 2010
Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has selected Thales avionics equipment and signed an agreement with Eaton Aerospace for the supply of motor pumps for 15 of its Airbus A320 on orders with delivery starting this year up to 2014. The announcement was made at this week's Singapore Air Show.
The equipment that was selected by the airline includes T3CAS, a product produced and marketed by Thales JV ACSS. T3CAS combines a traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS), terrain awareness and warning system (TAWS), Mode-S transponder and Topflight Flight Management System, Low Range Radio Altimeter.
Nearly 80 percent of the forward fit market is controlled by three avionics giants: Rockwell Collins, Honeywell and Thales. Cebu Pacific earlier awarded contract to Rockwell Collins for the A320's other navigational equipment needs.
Thales’ market share continues to rise buoyed by record sales at Airbus. Rockwell Collins is expected to benefit from the 787 entry into service while GE Aviation continues to augment its market footprint with the recent acquisition of PBN provider NAVERUS. Honeywell remains exposed to a decline of the current 737 line while an updated 777 could emerge around 2015-2017 to power its sales.
"We will support Cebu Pacific Air's goals to modernize its fleet, and we are eager to explore further opportunities to promote CEB's continued growth and success," says Bradley J. Morton, president of Eaton's Aerospace Group.
Cebu Pacific has 15 A320 orders with 5 options.