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Boeing Selects Two New 7E7 Contractors

16 January 2005

Boeing will use a new wing ice protection system on its all-new 7E7 Dreamliner from UK’s Ultra Electronics Holdings and Boeing have selected Goodrich Corporation's cargo handling system for the 7E7 Dreamliner

Boeing will use a new wing ice protection system on its all-new 7E7 Dreamliner. Ultra Electronics Holdings of the United Kingdom is the lead contractor on the effort, responsible for overall integration and the controlling software and electronic equipment.

The United Kingdom's GKN Aerospace will provide the composite mat for the wing ice protection system.

Because the 7E7 does not use bleed air -- the extraction of hot air from the engine to power systems -- it is the first commercial jet airplane to use electronically based wing ice protection. The system is based on the proven technologies Ultra and GKN developed for helicopters.

"This is another example of Boeing finding proven technologies and partnering with top international companies to bring the best possible solutions to our customers for the 7E7 Dreamliner," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program.

Douglas Caster, Ultra's chief operating officer, said, "This ice protection equipment contract broadens our coverage of the civil aerospace sector and demonstrates our commitment to providing innovative, cost-effective solutions."

Marcus Bryson, president and chief executive officer of GKN Aerospace, Europe , said, "We have been working on this development for some two years. There is no doubt that the application of this technology to future aircraft such as the Boeing 7E7 will bring significant operational cost benefits to the airlines."

Boeing selected Goodrich Corporation's cargo handling system for the 7E7 Dreamliner, marking Goodrich's eighth work package for the all-new passenger jet. The cargo system includes the mechanisms for cargo handling as well as the floor panels for the cargo section.

"Goodrich is a real partner for us on the 7E7 program," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. "They are helping us achieve our goals of delivering a superior product. The 7E7's superior cargo capability is one of the reasons airlines around the world are so interested in the airplane."

Tim Dumbauld, vice president and general manager of Goodrich's Cargo Systems business, said, "This win marks the next step in Goodrich's evolution from a subsystem supplier to a cargo system integrator at Boeing. New technology will be used in the cargo drive and control systems enabling us to offer a lightweight, yet durable 7E7 system that will be cost effective for airlines to operate and maintain."