East Aurora, NY | August 6, 2014– Astronics Corporation (Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace and defense industries, announced today that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Ballard Technology, Inc. (Astronics Ballard Technology) is a key technology partner with Cathay Pacific Airways and will supply the Aircraft Interface Device (AID) for their innovative new eEnabled Aircraft Program.

Aircraft Interface Devices are an essential part of many avionics upgrades, such as electronic flight bag (EFB) and in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems, where they serve avionics data while protecting aircraft control domains from interference and corruption. The Cathay Pacific eEnabled Aircraft solution is an advanced system for connectivity and integration with ground systems. It provides a comprehensive, integrated electronic information exchange, which will replace existing manual processes to record, manage and distribute information for flight operations, line maintenance engineering and cabin defect management.

Extensive capabilities and a record of successful deployments were key factors in the decision by Cathay Pacific to select the Astronics AID for their eEnabled Aircraft Program. The Astronics AID is small, lightweight and rugged. It features an embedded microprocessor, high I/O density, and an internal PMC slot for functionality and I/O expansion.

“We enhanced our Aircraft Interface Device to include our Ethernet Switch Module, which allowed the unit to satisfy two of Cathay Pacific’s key system requirements in a single package. We believe this adds significant value to the eEnabled Aircraft Program by simplifying deployment and reducing system size, weight, and power consumption,” noted Peter J. Gundermann, President and CEO of Astronics Corporation.

Astronics Ballard Technology partnered with Cathay Pacific in a successful two-year development to bring the eEnabled Aircraft system to fruition. Cathay Pacific is now carrying out an Operational Evaluation with three Boeing 777 aircraft and when completed, plans to roll out the eEnabled system across its fleet of Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 passenger aircraft as well as Boeing 747 freighter aircraft. Cathay Pacific will also implement the eEnabled technology in the A330s and A320/1’s in the passenger fleet of Group airline Dragonair.

– NetLine/Ops++ supports efficient operations control for airlines

Kelsterbach, Germany | December 13, 2012– Lufthansa Systems announced that Cathay Pacific Airways, based in Hong Kong, has opted for its NetLine/Ops ++ operations control system. The companies recently signed a five-year-contract to this effect. Using this innovative IT solution from Lufthansa Systems, the airline will be able to optimally control its flight operations and react quickly to unforeseen flight irregularities, thus minimizing its additional costs.

“NetLine/Ops ++ is a great next step for us,” said Alex Chan, Manager Integrated Operations Centre (IOC) at Cathay Pacific. “We are continuously improving our ability to manage our network and this system will further enhance our capabilities. We’re particularly impressed with its ability to help us be more nimble with schedule changes.”

The completely redesigned operations control solution NetLine/Ops ++ will make Cathay Pacific’s flight operations even more efficient, and in the event of disruptions like delays or canceled flights it can help lower the costs arising from positioning flights or passenger layovers. The IT solution’s new functionalities simplify information management, enable a higher level of automation and improve support in key decision-making processes.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our cooperation with Cathay Pacific,” said Olivier Krüger, SVP Regional Management Asia Pacific at Lufthansa Systems. “Having one of the world’s most highly respected airlines as a NetLine/Ops ++ customer is proof of the high quality of our product.”

Cathay Pacific is based in Hong Kong, China, and operates internationally. The airline offers passenger and cargo flights to 140 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 134 wide-body aircraft. Cathay Pacific, together with its subsidiaries Dragonair and Air Hong Kong and its other associates, employs more than 20,000 people. The airline is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose joint network covers over 750 destinations worldwide.