Boeing has awarded new 7E7 Dreamliner contracts to the Goodrich Corporation, Honeywell, the Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation, and Bridgestone. Boeing has selected the Goodrich Corporation and Honeywell to provide exterior lighting for the 7E7 Dreamliner, with Matsushita Avionics Systems Corporation of Japan, being awarded the cabin services system contract. Boeing has also added Bridgestone to its 7E7 Dreamliner global partner team as the all-new airplane’s tyre supplier.
“”This has been an incredibly busy year of building an exceptional team,”” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “”We have awarded well over 90 percent of the systems work for the airplane at this point.””
With its seventh work package for the 7E7, Goodrich will provide runway turnoff and taxi lights as well as wing illumination, cargo handling lights and logo lights, which illuminate an airline’s logo on an aircraft’s vertical stabilizer.
“”The 7E7 will make use of our High Intensity Discharge (HID) technology,”” said Uwe Bloecker, president of Goodrich Hella Aerospace Lighting Systems. “”The system can lower direct maintenance costs and stretch time between unscheduled repairs. In addition, HID technology is much more efficient.””
Honeywell’s new work package, its fourth for the 7E7, incorporates signalling technology in the airplane’s navigation and anti-collision lighting system. Honeywell’s new Astreon™ light-emitting diode (LED) systems have been tested to 20 times greater life than traditional lights and carry extended warranties.
Matsushita’s cabin services system provides the digital interface to the common core system for cabin amenities such as the passenger address system, cabin lighting, electronic dimmable windows and the emergency evacuation system.
Takashi Mizuma, president of Matsushita Avionics Systems, said, “”Twenty-five years ago we began our business with Boeing as the passenger services system supplier for the then new 767. Now, together with Boeing, we continue to be part of the right team at the right time.””
Bridgestone will supply each 7E7 with 10 tyres, two for the nose landing gear and four tyres on each of the main landing gear. The 7E7’s radial tyres feature a new belt structure based on a high-elasticity, high strength cord that is weight efficient and wear resistant.
“”Every 7E7 will be delivered with Bridgestone tyres,”” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “”Bridgestone has proven itself as a wonderful partner through its work with us on many other programs and we are pleased to have them join us on the newest Boeing airplane.””
Bridgestone tyres are also delivered on the Boeing 737, 747-400, 767 and 777 airplanes. While all 7E7s will be delivered with Bridgestone tyres, Boeing expects to certify a second supplier so airlines have a choice when replacing the airplane’s tyres.
“”Boeing’s selection of our radial tyres for the Dreamliner family is a tremendous honour,”” said Shoshi Arakawa, Bridgestone’s senior vice president of overseas operations. “”We are delighted to contribute to yet another family of Boeing airliners.””
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