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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Monarch Airlines Limited has selected Goodrich Corporation (NYSE: GR) to provide SmartDisplay® Electronic Flight Bags (EFB) for its Airbus A300, A320, A321 and A330 aircraft. Monarch has completed initial installation of the system on an A321 and conducted a successful 2-month in-service demonstration period. SmartDisplay EFBs will be rolled-out across the Airlines' remaining Airbus fleet with planned retrofit completion by the second quarter 2012. Goodrich's Sensors and Integrated Systems team in Burnsville, Minn. is producing the systems and performing integration activities.
In addition to providing EFB system certification services for each aircraft type, Goodrich will provide two Goodrich SmartDisplay EFB units, ARINC 828-compliant aircraft interface devices and Carlisle Interconnect Technologies EZMount® display mounts and installation kits for each aircraft. This advanced EFB portfolio, known as Goodrich's cockpit data management system, provides extensive connectivity to aircraft data networks and systems, allowing Monarch to maximize EFB utility and the associated operational savings. The upgradeable system could also enable the airline to run emerging "Type C" EFB applications in the future, such as controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC) and ADS-B in-cockpit display of traffic information (CDTI).
Nils Christy, operations director at Monarch Airlines Limited said, "Monarch is a forward-thinking airline, and its selection of the Goodrich system reflects this. In choosing Goodrich, Monarch will enjoy the many operational and cost benefits of its EASA-certified EFBs today, while being ready to upgrade to more advanced functions as future needs dictate."
Jan Mathiesen, vice president of business development, Goodrich Sensors and Integrated Systems said, "Our team looks forward to working with Monarch Airlines on their fleet-wide implementation of our cockpit data management system. Monarch understands the operational value a 'fully connected' EFB system provides. We're excited to have the opportunity to help them achieve their vision by providing our SmartDisplay EFBs now and well into the future."
Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets. With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit http://www.goodrich.com/
About Monarch Airlines
Monarch currently operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, serving over 50 destinations world-wide from a number of UK airports including Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester. Services are currently split between scheduled and charter flights, with the airline carrying almost 6 million passengers per year. Monarch is the oldest airline in the UK still operating under its original brand name, and will this year enter its 43rd year of flying. For more information visit http://www.monarch.co.uk/
Editor's Note: Goodrich SmartDisplay EFB
The Goodrich SmartDisplay EFB combines both the computer and display in one compact and lightweight unit, and is the centerpiece of its cockpit data management system. This highly customizable product suite allows flight crews, flight ops, maintenance departments, and IT staff to efficiently manage the flow of multiple sources of electronic information to and from the aircraft, effectively enabling the aircraft to become an extension of an airline's IT system. Its EFBs are certified for numerous platforms, including the Airbus A320, A330, and A340; Boeing 737 (Classic and Next-Generation), 747-400, 777, and MD-11; Bombardier CRJ700/900 and Global Express; Embraer 170 and 190; and Sukhoi Superjet 100.
Goodrich Corporation operates through its divisions and as a parent company for its subsidiaries, one or more of which may be referred to as "Goodrich Corporation" in this press release.
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