Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal, Quebec, Canada) has added three key European suppliers to the CSeries aircraft program. Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, Fokker Elmo of The Netherlands and Goodrich Actuation Systems of the United Kingdom, will provide key components and systems, and will be instrumental in contributing to the development and success of the all new, game-changing CSeries aircraft.
Alenia Aeronautica will provide the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully equipped with hydraulic, electrical and flight control systems, lights and antennas.
Fokker Elmo will be responsible for the design and production of the entire wiring and interconnection system. Additionally Fokker Elmo will design and produce all flight test and instrumentation wiring required during the certification of the CSeries aircraft.
Goodrich Actuation Systems will be responsible for the design and production of the flap and slat actuation systems for the CSeries aircraft. A critical system for take-off and landing, the flap system is installed on the wing and increases both lift and drag, while the slat system adds lift and helps maintain smoother airflow.
“Adding three major suppliers to the CSeries aircraft team moves Bombardier’s development of the program forward in a significant way,” said Benjamin Boehm, vice president, programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “CSeries aircraft customers will benefit from the extensive experience of our suppliers in providing top-notch aeronautical systems and components.”
“We are currently reviewing quotations and proposals from a wide range of potential suppliers, including other European suppliers. Bombardier’s Belfast operation in the UK is developing and producing the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft, and we are confident that European suppliers will play an important role on the program, as is the case on other Bombardier programs,” he added.
Bombardier also announced that Lease Corp. International (LCI) has ordered 20 CSeries aircraft. The lessor also placed options for a further 20. The order comes on the heels of an order from launch customer Lufthansa, which earlier this month confirmed 30 firm orders with 30 options. The 110- to 130-seat CSeries is expected to enter service in 2013.