GKN Aerospace (Cowes, Isle of Wight, U.K.) reported July 14 that it has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace (Belfast, U.K.) to design, develop and supply the composite integrated rudder and elevator for the new Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra long-range business jets. The multi-million pound contract adds to already significant GKN Aerospace work packages on these aircraft.
These composite structures will be developed and manufactured at the company’s Cowes facility. First deliveries to Bombardier in Belfast will take place in 2014 and will continue through to 2026.
For the Global 7000 and the Global 8000 aircraft, GKN Aerospace is already contracted to:
- Design, develop and produce the transparencies, including the high-performance cockpit windows and ultra-large passenger cabin windows (announced in July 2012).
- Design, build and supply the advanced composite winglets and ailerons (announced in August 2012).
Neil McManus, CEO, GKN Aerospace - Europe and Special Products, states: “Our engineering expertise across composites and transparencies will make a vital contribution to meeting the remarkable range and emissions goals of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft. This latest contract win illustrates both our growing relationship with Bombardier Aerospace, which includes the supply of critical structures for the CSeries* aircraft’s advanced composite wings, and also our increasing participation in the business aviation market.”
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