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Emirates Signs Contract to Equip Boeing 777X Fleet with Esterline CMC Electronics SwiftBroadband SATCOM Antenna

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(Dubai Airshow – November 12, 2017) Esterline Avionics Systems is pleased to announce that it has signed an agreement with Emirates to supply its CMC Electronics Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA), the

CMA-2200SB, to be fitted on the Boeing 777X aircraft, with deliveries starting in early 2020.

The Esterline CMC CMA-2200SB Intermediate Gain Antenna (IGA) is ARINC 781 compliant and supports Cockpit Safety Service and Multi-channel Swift Broadband Services. It weighs about 3 kg compared to a typical High Gain Antenna (HGA) weight of approximately 9 kg. The IGA’s small size and narrow width do not require an adapter plate in order to fill the gap between the fuselage and the antenna, unlike HGAs and larger IGAs.

Considering the B777X’s flight deck SATCOM target to be a light installation, Emirates finds the Class 7 SBB data rate of the CMA-2200SB to be adequate for cockpit use, while reaping the benefits of a new technology, lower weight and less drag IGA. It has been assessed to be the lightest weight and lowest drag multi-channel top-mount SATCOM antenna.

Esterline has been supplying its CMC Electronics SATCOM antenna systems to the aviation industry for more than 25 years. To date, the company has delivered electronically steered phased array high gain and intermediate gain SATCOM antenna systems to approximately 120 airline customers as well as to OEM, military, corporate and VIP customers, for use with the Inmarsat satellite network. The decision by the company’s valued customers to repeatedly equip their aircraft with CMC Electronics SATCOM antenna systems further solidifies the company’s reputation as a leading supplier of exceedingly reliable, high-performance antenna systems.

The CMC Electronics SATCOM antenna, the CMA-2200SB, is the latest generation intermediate gain antenna system. This compact, lightweight, top-mount, multi-channel SwiftBroadband antenna fully supports Inmarsat multi-channel SwiftBroadband safety services. The CMA-2200SB has obtained Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Transport Canada Technical Standard Order (TSO) approval.

“We are delighted to have signed our first agreement for the Boeing 777X aircraft. The characteristics and performance of our CMA-2200SB are well suited for this fuel-efficient aircraft,” said Claude Chidiac, Vice President Advanced Products, Esterline CMC Electronics. “This contract adds to our rich history of delivering SATCOM antennas to airlines all over the world. For the past 25 years, we have delivered more than 4,000 antennas which have delivered incredible in-service reliability. We are very happy to count a world-class airline such as Emirates among our customers,” he added.

About Esterline Avionics Systems

Esterline Avionics Systems (www.esterline.com/avionicssystems) has achieved an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacture of advanced displays and CMC Electronics products for the military and commercial aviation markets. The company’s focus is on delivering innovative cockpit systems integration, avionics and display solutions to its customers worldwide. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corporation (NYSE: ESL), a leading worldwide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Advanced Materials; Avionics & Controls; and Sensors & Systems. With annual sales of approximately $2 billion, Esterline employs roughly 13,000 people worldwide.


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