Bombardier takes flight with wing deal
Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast has awarded contracts to two more UK companies to work on its CSeries commercial aircraft programme.
GKN Aerospace will supply the winglet for the CSeries aircraft from its composites centre on the Isle of Wight.
Cytec Engineered Materials in Wrexham will supply some of the advanced composite material for the CSeries aircraft wing.
Both companies will supply Bombardier in Belfast, which is responsible for the development, design and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for the CSeries aircraft which is to enter the market in 2013.
As part of the programme, Bombardier in Belfast has assembled a pre-production demonstrator wing to be installed in a rig for testing.
Michael Ryan, vice president and general manager of Bombardier Aerospace, said: “I am delighted to welcome these UK companies on board the CSeries aircraft programme, and look forward to their significant contribution to the development of this new game-changing aircraft family.
“The CSeries aircraft wing programme is progressing well and we are on schedule to produce the first composite wing in 2011.
“The programme is building on our track record in Belfast of almost 40 years’ experience in composites technologies.
“Not only will it further develop our capabilities and skills in one of the most advanced areas of aerospace technologies, but we believe it will also cement the UK’s wider strategic interests in aircraft wing development.
“As the largest ever single investment in Northern Ireland, the CSeries aircraft wing programme is also bringing significant benefits to the wider UK supply chain. We look forward to more UK companies playing a role in this programme, as they do on other Bombardier programmes.”