Chinese air cargo operator SF Airlines has announced it is retrofitting its all-Boeing fleet, including the 747 freighter pictured here, with ADS-B avionics supplied by Thales, the company said.
SF Airlines is retrofitting the fleet with replacement traffic collision avoidance system directional antennas and air traffic control transponders supplied by Thales to become Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast Out (ADS-B Out) compliant.
Avionics for the upgrade are being provided by Thales and its joint venture with L3Harris, ACSS. SF Airlines, established in 2009, operates a fleet that includes Boeing 737, 747, 757 and 767s in air freighter configurations, and became the largest air cargo operator in China in September 2019 after steadily adding air freighter aircraft to its fleet through aftermarket purchases, according to its website.
Upgrades to the SF Airlines fleet will include installations unique to the configuration of each individual aircraft type. The transponder being supplied for the upgrade is the NXT family of transponders, 5,000 of which are currently in service, according to Thales
The SF Airlines fleet upgrade is the latest ADS-B related activity by Thales for the onboard side of the technology in China.
SF Airlines plans to complete the entire fleet upgrade by the end of 2022.