Gulf Air has moved to equip its upcoming 12 Airbus A320Neo and 17 A321Neo aircraft with the Thales Flight Management System. The national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain has signed an agreement with Thales to deploy a cockpit package of Thales avionics solutions, which includes the TopFlight and Flight Management System (FMS).
Commenting on the platform, Captain Waleed Abdulhameed Al Alawi, deputy CEO of Gulf Air, shared: “We are selecting the best systems to support our incoming fleet — ensuring the best capabilities for our operations and, ultimately, the best possible passenger experience.”
Boasting a market share of 70 percent on the Airbus A320Neo and A330Neo families, TopFlight FMS is a popular platform with pilots, who benefit from direct access to up-to-date navigational data presented in a simplified format. This particularly useful in heavy air traffic environments.
Eric Huber, Thales VP and general manager of avionics services worldwide said: “Our avionics products benefits have been repeatedly acknowledged as providing an operational edge for pilots through better trajectory management, as numerous selections in 2017 confirm it.
“This new selection by Gulf Air reinforces our leadership position in the Middle-East aviation market, underlining the performance and competitiveness of our products and the excellence of the support”.