Bombardier names European suppliers for CSeries aircraft

Canada's Bombardier Aerospace has added three key European suppliers to the CSeries aircraft programme.

Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, Fokker Elmo of the Netherlands and Goodrich Actuation Systems of the UK will provide major components and systems for the new single-aisle medium-range jet aircraft.

Alenia Aeronautica will provide the horizontal and vertical stabilisers, 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. The company will also design and produce all flight test and instrumentation wiring required during the certification of the aircraft.

Goodrich Actuation Systems will be responsible for the design and production of the flap and slat actuation systems. 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 programme forward in a significant way,” said Benjamin Boehm, vice-president, programs, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

“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, and we are confident that European suppliers will play an important role on the programme,,” he added.

Earlier this month Bombardier and German airline Lufthansa announced the signing of a firm purchase agreement for 30 CSeries model CS100 aircraft with options on 30 more.

The 110-seat and 130-seat CSeries family of aircraft - including the CS100 and CS300 aircraft models - will be quieter, less polluting and more economical than current aircraft of similar size. New features include 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 PW1000G.

Previously announced key suppliers include C&D Zodiac for the design and production of the interior package, Rockwell Collins for the avionics system, Parker Hannifin for the integrated fuel and hydraulics systems, Liebherr-Aerospace Toulouse SAS for the air management system, and Shenyang Aircraft Corporation for the centre fuselage.

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