FARNBOROUGH, England (July XX, 2014) – Rockwell Collins today announced that Mexico-based VivaAerobus has selected a comprehensive Rockwell Collins avionics package, including its MultiScan ThreatTrack™ weather radar and GLU-925 Multi-Mode Receiver (MMR), for 52 new Airbus A320 aircraft. Deliveries will begin in 2015.
“VivaAerobus pilots will operate with the most advanced technology for avoiding damaging weather threats and be better equipped to precisely navigate challenging approaches,” said Alan Prowse, vice president and managing director, the Americas for Rockwell Collins. “The airline also is well-positioned for any future airspace mandates that may emerge in Latin America.”
MultiScan ThreatTrack goes beyond hail and lighting prediction within a thunderstorm and alerts pilots to these significant threats adjacent to or above the cell. In addition, the new radar is the first in the industry to feature two levels of turbulence detection – severe and ride-quality – which more accurately informs flight crews of the type of turbulence in their path.
“We are very pleased to reach this agreement with Rockwell Collins, the equipment without a doubt provides advanced operational experience to our pilots and a smooth and safe flight experience to our customers whin enhances our operations while reducing costs,” said Juan Carlos Zuazua, VivaAerobus CEO. “Rockwell Collins has provided through its many years of experience a reliable service; we look forward to working closely with this key aviation partner”.
Rockwell Collins’ MMR, the first ever GPS Landing System receiver, enables airlines to take advantage of evolving Required Navigation Performance (RNP)/Area Navigation (RNAV) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities. Other Rockwell Collins avionics systems selected by VivaAerobus include the ADF-900 Automatic Direct Finder, DME-2100 Distance Measuring Equipment, VHF-2100 Transceiver and VOR-900 Omnidirectional Radio.
Based in Monterrey, N.L., VivaAerobus is Mexico’s Ultra Low Cost Carrier. It started operations on November 2006 after being created as a joint venture between IAMSA and Irelandia. It operates a fleet of 16 Boeing 737-300 aircraft and 3 Airbus A320s on 49 domestic routes and 1 to the United States. On 2013 it announced a purchase order of 52 Airbus A320s, the biggest purchase order in Latin America to the European manufacturer.
IAMSA is Mexico’s leading company on ground transportation services. It operates a fleet of 10 thousand buses in 22 states of the country and transports over 300 million people a year, reaching over 70% of the population.
Irelandia, is the investment vehicle of the Ryan family, founders of Ryanair, the biggest and most succesful low cost airline in Europe. Irelandia is a leader in the development of low cost carriers around the world. It is also an investor in companies such as Tiger Airways in Singapore, Allegiant in the United States, and more recently expanding the Viva brand with VivaColombia in Colombia.
To find out more, please visit www.vivaaerobus.com.
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