ST Aerospace wins FedEx contract
Singapore - ST Aerospace has won a million-dollar contract to install FedEx planes with a new onboard automatic fire-suppression system (FSS).
The system features a network of infrared thermal sensors, foaming-agent generators and an overhead cargo-container injector. If heat is detected by the sensors, the fire suppression technology located above each cargo container is activated, simultaneously alerting crew members.
FedEx said it began installation of the FSS in April 2009 on MD-11 freighters, and will finish installing the system on the company's 59 MD-11 aircraft in early 2011. The company also intends to install the FSS technology on new Boeing 777 Freighters, which begin international service in the company's fleet in early 2010.
Each installation requires approximately 700 man hours.
"After seven years of design and development, we're proud to see this proprietary technology take flight on a variety of aircraft in the FedEx fleet, representing another strong step forward in our air-safety initiatives," said Joel Murdock, MD of strategic projects at FedEx Express.
Details of the deal were not disclosed.
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