Thales TopSky-ATC Wins Ethiopia’s Vote of Confidence

9 September 2013

Thales, announces that the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority has selected the Thales the TopSky-ATC Flight Data Processing System (FDPS) component, TopSky–Flight Plan, to manage all critical flight plan and aeronautical information interfaces with internal and external systems as well as airline counterparties. 

The Thales TopSky-Flight Plan, being delivered in this case as a standalone component, handles all interfaces with 3rd party systems and external agencies and is already used in over 70% of the African Airspace. 

It is a highly successful component of the TopSky-ATC solution, which the ATM leader has supplied to customers in over 100 countries around the world, both as part of the full TopSky-ATC suite or in this standalone format. Strategically this is a critical contract for Thales. To date the African ATM leader had not yet partnered with the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority for Air Traffic Management automation systems but only on navaids, making this sale extremely important to Thales’s regional position. The TopSky-Flight Plan will also be operating alongside the existing non-Thales ATC system, providing a further proof point of the versatility and flexibility of Thales’s component-based TopSky-ATC concept. 

Commenting on the strategic importance of the project, Thales Vice president and head of Thales ATM Jean-Marc Alias said: “Our position in Africa is truly one of our key success stories. This growing and complex ATM region always presents new and exciting challenges. We are absolutely delighted that The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, already a highly valued long-term Thales customer in the area of navaids, has chosen to extend our partnership by choosing for the very first time one of our ATM automation systems. Due to the close working interrelationships developed by customers and supplier in The ATM market, partnerships are extremely strong and durable. It is therefore never easy to change suppliers, hence extremely gratifying that the ECAA took a gamble in giving us their stamp of approval and we will not fail in proving to them they have made the right decision.”



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