GE Aviation lands Airbus A350 contract

GE Aviation has been awarded a contract to produce composite wing trailing edge components for the Airbus A350 XWB.

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Aviation (Hamble, U.K.) announced on Nov. 18, 2008, that it has been awarded a contract by Airbus Industrie (Toulouse, France) to design and develop composite and metallic subassemblies and components for the midsized A350 XWB passenger aircraft’s wing trailing edge at the GE facility in Hamble, with subsequent manufacturing taking place in both Hamble and a GE plant located in Suzhou, China.

The A350 XWB package consists of the trailing edge details and secondary  subassemblies that interface with the rear spar, wingskins and the movable portion of the wing. All components reportedly will be optimized using the latest computer technology and manufacturing techniques and GE’s thin-wall, high-speed machining, advanced composites molding and determinate assembly methods.

“With this award, GE builds on its solid reputation as a supplier to Airbus for trailing edge subassemblies and components for A340, A380 and A400M. We are providing an all-around solution to Airbus for major structural components,” said Lorraine Bolsinger, president/CEO of GE Aviation Systems.

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