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10/28/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

FACC delivers first fan cowls for Airbus A330neo

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The fan cowls feature advanced CFRP technology and make the aircraft significantly lighter as well as more efficient.

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FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Austria) has delivered the first fan cowls for the new Airbus A330neo to its client Safran Nacelles. The A330neo is now entering the test phase at Airbus.  

In September 2014, FACC were tasked with the development and manufacture of the fan cowls. The company designed a ready-to-install system, which brings about significant weight and cost benefits due to its CFRP technology. The start of series production is planned for early 2017. “The expectations of the client with regard to weight and performance were a demanding challenge. Nevertheless, due to our strong expertise, we succeeded in developing a viable, economical, overall concept,” says Robert Braunsberger, FACC Vice President Engines & Nacelles. “Our exemplary business relationship with Safran Nacelles, which now stretches back more than 20 years and has been reinforced once again by this project, is certainly a significant basis for the successful two-year development work and the timely delivery of the first fan cowls.” Safran Nacelles is a provider in aircraft engine nacelles and is a development and manufacturing partner of Airbus for the A330neo. Airbus has chosen the equally new Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 for the two models of the twin-engine A330neo.

The fan cowls are part of the aerodynamic exterior paneling of the engines and function as access doors for the regular inspection and servicing in the operation of aircraft. They have a diameter of 3.7m and a length of 2.2m and rank among the largest engine shells, which FACC manufactures in the Engines & Nacelles plant in Reichersberg. The volume of orders over the duration of the program is about $100 million depending on the sales success of the A330neo, and will employ approximately 70 employees at the upper Austrian location.

“We are really pleased about the first delivery of our fan cowls for the A330neo,” says Robert Machtlinger, CEO of FACC. “It once again demonstrates our successful position within the aviation supplier industry. This is a very good basis on which to build. I wish to especially thank all employees who, with their outstanding work, have contributed significantly to the timely delivery, and our client, Safran Nacelles, for the trusting and good collaboration.”

Alongside these fan cowls, FACC is also responsible for the manufacture of the spoilers and the flap track fairings for the A330neo.

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