Thomas Global secures long-term supply of new Cathode Ray Tubes for avionic displays

Strategic supply underpins continued support for critical avionics technology

SYDNEY, Australia and IRVINE, California; September 19, 2017 – Thomas Global is pleased to announce that it has confirmed long-term supply arrangements with Toshiba, the OEM of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) for use in avionic cockpit display units. The long-term supply of factory-new OEM CRTs underpins Thomas Global’s long-term support commitment for a range of CRT-based avionic displays used in narrow and wide bodied commercial, business and military aircraft.

Thomas Global has built an industry leading reputation in avionic CRTs, supplying airlines, MROs and government agencies with reliable and cost-effective CRT display support solutions incorporating factory-new OEM CRTs. The long-term CRT supply arrangement builds on a 40-year relationship between Toshiba and Thomas Global.

“Thomas Global is pleased to have secured one of the industry’s largest last time buy orders of new avionic CRTs, meaning that we can offer operators continued, best-in-class support across a range of Honeywell, Thales, Rockwell Collins and GE CRT-based cockpit displays for years to come” said David Barnes, COO of Thomas Global. “We will ensure that our customers continue to have cost-effective CRT display support options, based on our strategic supply of high-quality Toshiba CRTs. As industry attention turns to newer technologies, we aim to provide an efficient end-of-life for these critical displays.”

Complementing its long-term CRT support options, Thomas Global has developed a growing range of cost-effective plug-and-play CRT-to-LCD display retrofit options, including the TFD-8601 – certified for installation in Saab 340B, Embraer EMB-120 and other platforms – and the EFI-650 (developed in alliance with L3 Aviation Products) – certified for installation in ATR 42/72, Bombardier Dash 8 and other platforms. These new active matrix LCD display products feature Thomas Global’s pioneering Adaptive Display Architecture™ and offer benefits including reduced maintenance costs, improved reliability, reductions in weight and power consumption and a growth path for additional functionality.

About Thomas Global CRT Support

Thomas Global is the international leader in support of critical avionic Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) EFIS and High Voltage Power Supplies (HVPS/VHV), trusted by commercial and military customers worldwide across a broad range of aircraft platforms including commercial, regional, rotary, cargo, business, general aviation and military. Thomas Global’s comprehensive capabilities provide operators with long term flexibility and capability to operate Thales, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and GE CRT-equipped flight decks into the future.

To sustain long-term CRT display maintenance capability at both LRU and sub-assembly level, Thomas Global has established strategic sourcing agreements covering critical consumables within CRT displays, including CRTs, HVPS and other components. Thomas Global maintains the industry’s leading in-house CRT expertise, backed by a heritage in CRT technology since 1956 and service centers located in North America and Australia.

About Thomas Global

Thomas Global is an industry leader in the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for aerospace and defence applications. Since 1956, the Company has gained global recognition for practical innovation and dependability. Thomas Global delivers expertise in advanced cockpit displays, armoured vehicle electronics and mission system solutions supported by dedicated service and support teams operating around the world. The Company’s key facilities are located in Sydney, Australia and Irvine, California. Learn more at


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