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Bombardier names new CSeries suppliers
Bombardier Aerospace has added three key European suppliers to the CSeries aircraft program.
Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, Fokker Elmo of the Netherlands and Goodrich Actuation Systems of the United Kingdom, will provide key components and systems, and will be instrumental in contributing to the development and success of the all new, game-changing CSeries aircraft.
Alenia Aeronautica will provide the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully equipped with hydraulic, electrical and flight control systems, lights and antennas.
Fokker Elmo will be responsible for the design and production of the entire wiring and interconnection system. Additionally Fokker Elmo will design and produce all flight test and instrumentation wiring required during the certification of the CSeries aircraft.
Goodrich Actuation Systems will be responsible for the design and production of the flap and slat actuation systems for the CSeries aircraft. A critical system for take-off and landing, the flap system is installed on the wing and increases both lift and drag, while the slat system adds lift and helps maintain smoother airflow.
"Adding three major suppliers to the CSeries aircraft team moves Bombardier's development of the program forward in a significant way," said Benjamin Boehm, Vice-President, Programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. "CSeries aircraft customers will benefit from the extensive experience of our suppliers in providing top-notch aeronautical systems and components."
"We are currently reviewing quotations and proposals from a wide range of potential suppliers, including other European suppliers. Bombardier's Belfast operation in the UK is developing and producing the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft, and we are confident that European suppliers will play an important role on the program, as is the case on other Bombardier programs," he added.
On March 11, 2009, Bombardier and European airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced the signing of a firm purchase agreement for 30 CSeries model CS100 aircraft with options on an additional 30 CSeries aircraft. The 110-seat and 130-seat CSeries family of aircraft - including the CS100 and CS300 aircraft models - brings unmatched passenger comfort, performance, and operating economics, benefiting from the latest technological advancements, including: fourth-generation aerodynamics; increased use of composites and advanced aluminium alloys in structures; the very latest in system technologies, such as fly-by-wire, electric brakes, and a next-generation engine - the Pratt & Whitney PurePower(TM) PW1000G engine.
Previously announced key suppliers
Bombardier previously selected the following suppliers for the CSeries aircraft program:
C&D Zodiac for the design and production of the aircraft's interior package, which includes the seats, interiors (including the linings, monuments, bins, galleys and lavatories), oxygen system, lighting system, insulation system, waste system and the water system;
Rockwell Collins as the supplier for the aircraft's avionics system. Tailored specifically for the CSeries aircraft, its fully integrated flight deck capability will provide flexibility, high reliability and low life cycle costs without compromise on the aircraft's performance;
Parker Hannifin Corporation, through its Aerospace Group, for the design and production of the CSeries airliner's fully integrated fuel and hydraulics systems;
Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS for the design and production of the aircraft's Air Management System, which includes the environmental control and cabin pressure control system;
Shenyang Aircraft Corporation (SAC), a subsidiary of the state-owned aviation industrial entity China Aviation Industry Corporation (AVIC), will supply the centre fuselage on the CSeries aircraft.
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