SOURCE: Textron Systems

Textron Systems

September 22, 2014 23:00 ET

TRU Simulation + Training Expands Presence in Asia With China Express Airlines Full Flight Simulator Contract

New Customer Is the People's Republic of China's First Private Regional Airline

BANGKOK, THAILAND--(Marketwired - September 22, 2014) - ASIA PACIFIC AIRLINE TRAINING SYMPOSIUM -- TRU Simulation + Training, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced that it has signed a contract to provide China Express Airlines with a Bombardier CRJ 900 FFS X™ full flight simulator to support the airline's increasing numbers of this aircraft. China Express Airlines, based in Guiyang, Guizhou, People's Republic of China, is the nation's first private regional airline.

The CRJ 900 FFS X™ flight simulator will be fitted with an electrical 60-inch motion system, TRU Simulation + Training's unique front-projected collimated visual display, and Rockwell Collins' EP8000 image generator.

"China Express Airlines is a fast growing regional operator, and as such it's important for us to find ways to always better service our market and also identify the best training solution for our pilots. This state-of-the-art simulator will be the first of its type to be installed in the region, and we are proud to have selected TRU Simulation + Training to provide this important capability," said Wu Longjiang, president of China Express Airlines.

TRU Simulation + Training will install China Express Airlines' new flight simulator during the fourth quarter of 2015. The airline will adopt the Train@Home® model that is successfully being used by airlines worldwide, and is providing substantial savings on the cost of their pilot training operations. This training model also increases the availability of an airline's pilots to fly. China Express Airlines is currently sending its pilots to a training facility in Montreal, Canada.

"We're gratified that China Express Airlines has placed it trust in our organization and sees the value we deliver with both our FFS X simulator and related support services, "explained Vice President and General Manager, Air Transport Simulation, George Karam. "This contract is another example of how we are expanding our existing footprint in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance support to our roster of customers there."

Karam noted that as China Express Airlines increases its market presence and further expands its capacity, TRU Simulation + Training is well positioned to provide additional maintenance services and support to help fuel and sustain the airline's growth. TRU operates a dedicated customer support center in Chengdu for its Chinese customers. The company's largest flight simulator customer is the Civil Aviation Flight University of China (CAFUC), which owns more than 30 of the company's training units, consisting of both full flight simulators and flight training devices.

TRU Simulation + Training was formed in April out of three legacy companies -- Mechtronix Inc. and OPINICUS Corporation that were acquired by Textron late last year -- and a portion of the former AAI Logistics & Technical Services. 

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About TRU Simulation + Training Inc.

TRU Simulation + Training Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, delivers innovative solutions to the commercial, and military markets while providing the superior technical support and customer service. Headquartered in Goose Creek, S.C., the company is known for its Air Transport Simulation, Business & Military Simulation, Mission & Maintenance Training, and Training Centers & Services. More information is available at www.TRUsimulation.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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