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The Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC) has received an order from Airbus for 960 composite tail assembly parts.
The relatively large order received by the Tawainese aircraft manufacturer, is regarded locally as evidence of economic recovery for the region. AIDC also added that the order is an indication that the aerospace industry has recovered since 9/11.
The initial order is for vertical trailing edge panels for 960 single aisle commercial aircraft, including Airbus’ short- and medium-range planes, such as the A318, A319, A320, A321, with the possibility of the order being expanded to supply panels for 1,200 aircraft.
AIDC is currently preparing the tooling for the production line to make the composite panels, which are mounted on the aircraft rudders, following the signing of the contract with Airbus on Tuesday.
AIDC spokesman, Mike Lee said that a composite material is being favoured in building the parts mainly because of its durability.
“”Military aircraft usually use composite material, while commercial aircraft mostly use an aluminium alloy,”” Lee explained. “”However, commercial aircraft are encouraged to use the composite material since it is much lighter and rust resistant.””
Production is due to commence in the first quarter of 2005 with the expectancy to produce parts for around 24 aircraft per month, worth an estimated US$1.8 million per year.
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