MONTREAL, Quebec, 23 Nov. 2005. CMC Electronics Inc. has won a navigation upgrade program for Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA). The contract involves the retrofit of SVA's fleet of seven Classic B747-100 aircraft, adding state-of-the-art navigation and control display units.
Saudi Arabian Airlines selected CMC Electronics to retrofit its fleet of 12 Classic B747-200/300 and -SP aircraft in 2001. With its fleet of state-of-the-art B747-200/300/400s, B777-200s, MD-11s and MD-90s, SVA is among the largest airlines in the world.
The triple installation of the CMC Electronics' CMA-900 Global Positioning System-based Flight Management System (FMS) will provide SVA pilots with the appropriate interface to take advantage of important FANS (Future Air Navigation System) features. Benefits include shorter oceanic routes and equal treatment when flying through congested areas.
The CMC Electronics CMA-900 has received more FAA and other national Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approvals than any competing product for the avionics upgrade of B747 Classic aircraft. With recent orders, the CMA-900 is now in service with over 60 airlines and military operators.
"We are very pleased with Saudi Arabian Airlines' selection of our CMA-900 for their B747-100 Classic upgrade and their continued interest in our products and services," said Bruce Bailey, vice president of commercial aviation for CMC Electronics.
CMC Electronics designs and produces leading technology electronics products for the aviation and global positioning markets. Its principal locations are in Montreal and Ottawa, Canada; and Chicago, Ill. For more information, see www.cmcelectronics.ca.
CMC Electronics is a private company controlled by an investor group led by ONCAP L.P. ONCAP is a CDN $400 million investment fund established by Onex Corp. and a number of leading Canadian financial institutions. Onex is a diversified company with annual consolidated revenues of approximately CDN $16 billion and consolidated assets of approximately CDN $14 billion. Onex is one of Canada's largest companies with global operations in the service, manufacturing and technology industries.