BAE Systems to supply Avro RJ D-C cargo hold mod kits to Swiss

Swiss International Air Lines has chosen BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to supply D-C cargo hold fire detection and suppression system modification kits for the conversion of the airline’s 20-strong fleet of Avro RJs.

Swiss took the decision to modify its aircraft ahead of a potential European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) mandated requirement. Both the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) have mandated this upgrade and, as a result, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has in the past provided modification kits to airlines in these countries.

The modification involves the installation of new piping with fire detection sensors from the nose to tail into the two cargo bays on the aircraft, together with the fitment of fire bottles in strategic locations. There is also a revised flight deck display to alert crew of a fire being detected and a switch panel in the overhead panel to allow them to deploy the fire suppression system.

Working with companies in its supply chain, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft is managing the design, procurement, delivery and assembly of the modification kits for delivery to Swiss, along with a Service Bulletin. Swiss intends to implement the modification programme on a rolling basis across its entire fleet beginning in November this year. BAE Systems will provide on-site technical assistance to Swiss to assist with the introduction of the modification for the first few aircraft.

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