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New Partnership Developments for Boeing’s 7E7

  • Friday, 12th November 2004
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Boeing has selected a number of worldwide companies to supply parts for the 7E7, including the airplane’s brake systems; water/waster system; escape slides and passenger doors.

Boeing is adding two subsidiaries of France ‘s Zodiac Groupe to its team of 7E7 Dreamliner global partners. Monogram Systems, based in California, will provide the airplane’s water and waste system while Air Cruisers, based in New Jersey, will provide the escape slides.

“”As we further define the 7E7 we are choosing industry experts to provide key technologies and equipment to meet our customers’ needs,”” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program.

“”The ‘Working Together’ spirit of the 7E7 is pioneering the framework of how aircraft programs will be developed in the future,”” said Mike Rozenblatt, president of Monogram Systems. “”Monogram is pleased to have been selected to work with Boeing on this exciting and challenging airplane.””

Jose Redento, president of Air Cruisers said, “”Air Cruisers is honoured to have been selected and is very excited to be part of the 7E7 aircraft program.”” Zodiac joins Dassault Systemes, Thales and Snecma Group companies Labinal, Messier-Dowty and Messier-Bugatti as the most recent France-based company on the 7E7 team.

Boeing has selected Latecoere of Toulouse, France, to provide the passenger doors for its all-new 7E7 Dreamliner airplane. This marks the first time that Boeing has selected a French provider for major airframe structure.

Latecoere joins a growing list of French partners on the 7E7 team. Dassault Systemes is providing the suite of software tools used to develop, manufacture and support the 7E7 for its lifetime. In addition, Snecma Group companies Messier-Dowty, Messier-Bugatti and Labinal are providing main and nose landing gear, wheels and electric braking systems, and wiring respectively. Thales has been selected to provide the electrical power conversion system and the integrated standby flight displays.

“”Latecoere has been helping us develop 7E7 technologies for nearly a year,”” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “”The company brings great enthusiasm and knowledge to the team with a specialized skill in providing doors.””

“”This selection is an extraordinary opportunity for Latecoere, the French aviation pioneer, to enter a new era spanning the next 20 to 30 years with a major aircraft manufacturer like Boeing,”” said Francois Bertrand, chief executive officer of Latecoere. “”Latecoere looks forward to a role in developing a mutually beneficial business relationship on this innovative aircraft program,””

Finally, Boeing is adding Messier-Bugatti of the Snecma Group and Goodrich’s Aircraft Wheels and Brakes group to its 7E7 Dreamliner global supplier team as providers of electric brakes. The awards mark the fourth 7E7 work package for North Carolina-based Goodrich Corp. and the third for France ‘s Snecma Group.

“”Our partners answered our call for innovative systems that deliver real value — in terms of efficiency, reliability and reduced costs — to our customers,”” said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. “”Messier-Bugatti and Goodrich are welcome members of our strong international team.””

Airlines can choose either the Messier-Bugatti or Goodrich electric brake systems for their 7E7s. On the 7E7, braking forces are generated with electro-mechanical actuators as opposed to traditional hydraulic pistons. That approach provides a high rate of reliability and lower weight compared to the traditional systems. The electric brakes also offer self monitoring through the 7E7’s computers, which is a maintenance advantage for airlines.

The 7E7 is the first large commercial airplane with electrically actuated brakes. The move is also interesting in that Boeing have opted for electronically operated carbon brakes rather than the more traditional hydraulic brakes used on aircrafts.

“”Our digital electric braking system is the result of technology developed and validated during the last decade. We have achieved excellent results with this technology,”” said John Grisik, segment president of Airframe Systems for Goodrich,

Yves Leclère, chairman and chief executive officer of Messier-Bugatti said, “”We are very proud of Boeing’s fourth back-to-back selection of Messier-Bugatti carbon brakes. With our product on the 767, C-17 Globemaster, 777-200LR/-300ER and now the 7E7, there is a clear recognition of our advance in electrical brakes technology””.

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