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GKN Aerospace to supply composite rudders and elevators to Bombardier

News International-French

22 Jul 2014

The company has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace Belfast to design, develop and supply the composite integrated rudder and elevator for the Global 7000 and Global 800 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 on the Isle of Wight, UK. 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).

The company will exploit its extensive expertise in complex composite design and manufacture to provide a lightweight, integrated rudder and elevator structure that meets programme performance and weight requirements.

Launched in 2010, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft will have the ability to reach more destinations non-stop than ever before, delivering unprecedented levels of performance, flexibility and comfort. GKN Aerospace is among independent suppliers of complex composite structures to the aerospace market.

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