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Astro-Med Announces Transavia Contract for ToughWriter(R) 5 Flight Deck Printers

WEST WARWICK, RI--(Marketwired - Jul 31, 2013) - Astro-Med, Inc. ( NASDAQ : ALOT ) announced it has been awarded the flight deck printer contract for the Transavia Airlines fleet of Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft.

 This contract marks a milestone for Astro-Med as it is the first sale of printers directly to an airline company (previous sales have been directly to aircraft manufacturers or tier one contractors).

According to the Company, this is part of Astro-Med's strategic objective of blanketing the market with its popular ToughWriter flight deck printers. The ruggedized printers are provided directly to airlines for both new-fit and retro-fit applications, as well as to integrators. 

"This contract is a milestone achievement for Astro-Med and we are proud that Transavia has chosen the ToughWriter 5 for its cockpits," said Thomas W. Carll, Astro-Med Vice President and Worldwide Director of Sales. "With it, Transavia has ensured that its aircraft will continue to be on the cutting edge, with one of the most advanced flight deck printers available."

The ToughWriter 5 is the latest airborne printer from Astro-Med, and holds advantages over other printers in size, weight and power. This new model weighs less than 9 pounds, and is 7.3 inches deep, making it the world's smallest flight deck printer. It offers the highest print quality available for text and graphics, and boasts industry-leading print speed and optional Wi-Fi connectivity.

Transavia pilots and operators flying with ToughWriter 5-equipped flight decks will benefit from:

  • Improved print quality for both text and graphics
  • High speed printing at up to 5 seconds per page
  • Reduced weight
  • Compact design at only 7.3 inches deep
  • Upgrade path to Wi-Fi
  • 10/100BaseT and ARINC429 communication ports

About Astro-Med, Inc.

Astro-Med has been designing and manufacturing ruggedized airborne printers for more than a decade. These ruggedized printers and related ruggedized Ethernet switches, which are part of our Test & Measurement Group, are used in the most demanding military and commercial environments, including airborne, shipboard, and ground vehicle applications. Astro-Med is currently furnishing airborne printers for the Airbus A380 and A400M, the Boeing C-17, B-787, B-777, B-747, and the Lockheed C-130. Astro-Med is certified to AS9100, the quality management system specifically designed for manufacturers of aerospace industry products. Astro-Med is proud to manufacture in Rhode Island, USA. Additional information about Astro-Med's ruggedized printer products is available at http://www.astro-med.com/ruggedized_products.