Parker Hannifin has recently been awarded a contract for the hydraulic subsystem for the new Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner, as well as individual components on the aircraft and GE candidate engine.
The value of the award for Parker, including both original equipment and aftermarket spares and repair, is said to be in excess of $1 billion.
The Parker subsystem will operate at 345bar, compared with the traditional commercial aircraft system pressure of 207bar. The greater rate of pressure will reduce the size of equipment needed, reducing the weight of the subsystem.
The Parker team will work with Boeing to support the definition and specification of the hydraulic subsystem, as well as its design and integration with the aircraft’s surrounding systems.
Parker will also support Boeing as the hydraulic subsystem goes through the certification stage of the aircraft, through production and delivery to owner/operator users in the field.
The 7E7 Dreamliner will carry 200 to 250 passengers up to 8500 nautical miles, and is expected to use 20 percent less fuel than today’s aircraft of comparable size. It is scheduled for entry into service in 2008.
Boeing is expecting a need for 3500 aircraft in the 7E7 market segment over the next 20 years and has booked orders from four airlines for 62 of the aircraft and is working to finalise agreements with about two dozen airlines for more than 200 airplanes.