Harris Booth #511--United Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, has become the first airline to commit to equipping its aircraft with digital avionics under the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NextGen Data Communications Equipage Incentive Program. The announcement was made during the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) conference being held October 20-23 at the Gaylord National in Washington, DC. Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) is leading a team to provide the integration and engineering services for the program that adds digital text to the current voice-only messaging for pilot-to-controller communications. The transition will automate many of today’s routine air traffic control (ATC) and en route voice communications with specialized data messaging. The program is to ensure more rapid and precise communications and improve arrival and departure routes – saving fuel and reducing emissions. United plans to equip up to 397 of its aircraft over the next six years with avionics equipment necessary to provide the pilot-to-controller digital communications. “United has always been a technology leader in commercial aviation,” said Howard Attarian, United’s senior vice president of Flight Operations. “We are excited to be at the forefront of this transition to a new era in air travel, which uses digital technology to improve airspace efficiencies, reduce emissions, and save money.” Harris also has established an FAA funded airline outreach initiative to help facilitate avionics equipage as part of the Data Communications Integrated Services (DCIS) program and United is equipping its aircraft under this initiative. “This is a key milestone in the effort to move from traditional ATC to more active air traffic management,” said John O’Sullivan, vice president, NextGen Initiatives for Civil Programs, Harris Government Communications Systems. “By being the first to participate in the DCIS outreach program, United is leading the way to data communications implementation and the realization of the significant benefits offered by NextGen transformation.”
Harris is demonstrating the pilot-to-controller data communications capability as part of its ATCA exhibit.About Harris Corporation Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 125 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $5 billion of annual revenue and about 14,000 employees – including 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications ® products, systems and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at harris.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect management's current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. Such statements are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The company cautions investors that any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results and future trends to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Harris disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.