FACC wins Sharklet work for Airbus A320 family

Switzerland-based FACC AG has won a contract with Airbus as a second source of Sharklet wing tip devises for the A320 aircraft family.

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FACC AG (Ried im Innkreis, Switzerland) and Airbus (Toulouse, France) announced on July 16 the signing of a contract for an additional work package for the A320 aircraft family. The contract includes the production, as a second source, of Sharklet wing tip devices for the single-aisle aircraft from Airbus.

Only recently, FACC was taken under contract by Airbus for the redesign and manufacture of overhead stowage bins, ceiling panels and cove light panels as well as for the manufacture of the Aft Belly Fairings for the A320 family. The total order volume of the three work packages is approximately $450 million (USD) according to the current state of the aircraft orders, and envisages deliveries over a period of at least 10 years. In the context of the Sharklet Retrofit project from Airbus, the first delivery of Sharklets is scheduled mid-2015 and FACC will produce the components at its Aerostructures facility in Ort im Innkreis, Austria.

Sharklets are large wing tip devices, designed by Airbus, made from light-weight composites. They are an option on A320 family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family. They offer operators 4 percent fuel burn reduction on longer range sectors and provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kg/992 lb.

"The A320 family is the world's best-selling aircraft family, not least because the product line is constantly being modernised and fitted with the latest technology," says Walter Stephan, CEO of FACC AG. "We are even more pleased that Airbus is relying on the strong positioning of the FACC as a recognized leader for technology and quality in the field of fiber composite applications. The appointment is further evidence of our expertise and gives us the opportunity to contribute with innovative solutions to a higher efficiency of the A320 family."

In addition to the newly placed work packages for sharklets, aft belly fairings and the various cabin components, FACC also supplies the ram air inlets, antenna parts, connecting angles, outboard flaps, Karman fairings and fan cowls. With the new orders FACC will increase its scope of supply for the two most common models, A321/A320, from a baseline of 100 percent in 2010 to 236 percent for the A321, and 220 percent for the A320 in 2017.