30 SEPTEMBER 2013
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With the first flight of the stretched Dash 9 version of the 787 Dreamliner (see BTN 23 September) Boeing has highlighted the critical role that the UK’s supplier partners play in its production.
UK supplier partners contribute significantly to the aeroplane’s innovative features, providing the power distribution system, the cabin interiors, the landing gear and steering system, the fire suppression system, flight controls, fuel pumps and valves, engines, the de-icing system, flight deck instrumentation, flight deck seating and First Class seats. On a 787 with Rolls-Royce engines, UK companies make about 25% of the 787 by value.
UK companies supporting the 787-9 include Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, Goodrich Actuation Systems, Ultra Electronics, B/E Aerospace, Eaton Aerospace, GE Aviation, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Moog Wolverhampton, SIRS Navigation, Zodiac Seats and Ipeco Aerospace.
“Boeing continues to broaden and deepen our relationships with the UK’s aviation manufacturing industry”, said Sir Roger Bone, President, Boeing UK. “UK manufacturers have played a critical role in the tremendous success of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner programme to date and, with the successful first flight of the 787-9, we expect that success to continue to grow going forward”. www.boeing.com/commercial
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