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Vought Announces Production Suppliers to Support its 787 Dreamliner Work Share

  • Thursday, 27th October 2005
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Vought Aircraft Industries has reached price agreements with a significant segment of its supplier enterprise team members to support the company’s work share on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane.

Further supply base selections are under consideration for remaining outstanding work share in accordance with Vought’s strategic sourcing plans, and will be announced as they mature. Contract terms and conditions were not disclosed.

ASCO Aerospace Canada will provide the section 48 upper fin deck bulkheads at its modernized facilities in Delta, British Columbia.

Boeing Canada Technology will supply Vought with shear ties and completed frame assemblies from its Winnipeg facility.

C & D Zodiac (formerly Northwest Composites) will produce structural composite frames for Vought at its Marysville, Wash., facility using a resin film infusion process.

European Aeronautic Defence & Space (EADS) business unit Military Aircraft will supply the aft pressure bulkhead using a state-of-the-art, vacuum-assisted resin transfer mold (VaRTM) process to make a one-piece dome at its Augsburg, Germany location.

Israel Aircraft Industries (IAI) will build the pivot bulkheads, main deck and cargo floor grid assemblies and door surround structural assemblies in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Korean Air Lines (KAL) Aerospace Division will build the complete aft body structural assembly in Busan, South Korea.

“”Vought has excellent relationships with these companies, and each one brings unique technologies and experiences to the 787 program,” said Ted Perdue, Vought 787 program director. “”Our teammates are among the industry’s best producers of airframe components, and they have all participated in an innovative business arrangement as members of our 787 team.”

In November 2003, Boeing named Vought as one of its structural partners for the Dreamliner, responsible for building aft fuselage sections 47 and 48. A year later, Vought and Alenia North America formed a joint venture to support the Dreamliner. The joint venture, called Global Aeronautica, LLC, will join and integrate fuselage sections from Vought, Alenia Aeronautica S.p.A. of Italy and other structural partners. This integration work will entail the joining of the majority of the fuselage sections and the installation and testing of the associated system elements.

Vought selected Charleston International Airport as the location for its new, 340,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The 380-acre site in North Charleston, S.C., was chosen based on several factors, including access to a deep-water port, airport and rail system infrastructure, and readily available land and workforce.

Global Aeronautica will integrate 787 fuselage structures in its new 240,000-square-foot building co-located with the Vought facility at the Charleston International Airport. Groundbreaking for these two facilities took place in February 2005 , with 787 production scheduled to begin in 2006. Initial deliveries to Boeing are expected to begin in 2007.

The 787 is a family of three super-efficient airplanes that will provide passengers with a better flying experience, including an improved cabin environment with more room and conveniences. The 787-8 will carry 223 passengers with a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles. The 787-3, a model of the 787-8 optimized for shorter flights, will carry 296 passengers up to 3,500 nautical miles. The 787-9, a longer version of the 787-8, will carry 259 passengers with a range of 8,300 nautical miles.

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