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MAS opts for TopFlight satcom on new 737-800 fleet

Malaysia Airlines has specified the Thales TopFlight satellite communications system for its new Boeing B737-800s, making it the first SwiftBroadband system to be installed and fully integrated on the 737, according to Peter Hitchcock, head of Thales UK’s avionics business.

“The Thales TopFlight satcom programme will complement our incoming fleet of 737-800s, which is scheduled to arrive starting October this year," says Muzzaffar Othman, Malaysia Airlines senior general manager, managing director’s office. The airline ordered 35 737-800s with 20 options in March 2008.

"The system will provide the hardware and communications software that connects the aircraft cockpit and cabin to the ground," he adds. "This will enable safety services in the cockpit. We never compromised on safety and with Thales’ expertise in this area, we are looking forward to work closely with them to provide better service to our passengers”.

Thales says the TopFlight satcom is available as a line fit option on Boeing 737 and 777 passenger and freighter aircraft and is capable of supporting standalone cockpit or integrated cockpit and cabin solutions.

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