FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) has been awarded a contract by Aircelle (Gonfreville l’Orcher, France), a leading player in the worldwide nacelle market for aircraft engines, to be the single source supplier of fan cowls for the new Airbus A330neo (new engine option) aircraft. The order provides for the development, industrialization, ramp-up and full rate production of the fan cowls for the entire lifetime of the aircraft program and will, depending on the sales success of the A330neo, generate a turnover volume of more than US$ 100 million for FACC. The delivery of the first parts is planned for third quarter 2016.
Aircelle is the engine nacelle development and manufacturing partner for Airbus’ latest twin-jet A330 version, powered by the new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine and launched in July 2014. The fan cowls are designed as part of the aerodynamic fairing for the engine. They function as moveable doors for the regular engine control inspections and maintenance.
FACC will manufacture the fan cowls in its Engines & Nacelles plant in Reichersberg (Austria) using advanced carbon fiber composite technology and supply them as a ready-to-install assembly to Aircelle’s facility in Toulouse, France. Within the current development framework, FACC is optimizing component weight, strength and aerodynamics. “Through our comprehensive expertise in the field of nacelle composites we are able to provide Aircelle an innovative product solution featuring a world class performance in terms of technology, quality performance and cost efficiency,” said Robert Braunsberger, FACC vice president engines & nacelles.
FACC and Aircelle have cooperated strategically since 1995, with FACC producing bypass ducts for Embraer business jets and Cessna aircraft. This latest contract will deepen the companies’ relationship and enable FACC to extend its position as a development and manufacturing partner of complex and ready-to-install fan cowl solutions.