The BFGoodrich Company has been selected to supply the body and wing landing gear for Airbus’ new A380 aircraft.
Under the contract, Goodrich will engineer and manufacture the gear, and ensure customer support once the aircraft enters commercial service in 2006.
This is the first time that Goodrich, already a major supplier to Airbus, has been selected by the company to supply main landing gear. The program has the potential to generate total revenues in the range of $2-$3 billion over a 20-year period depending on the number of aircraft ordered. In addition to the original equipment, Goodrich will also provide spare parts and gear packages directly to the operators of the A380 aircraft. The landing gear for the A380 will be designed and manufactured at the company’s facilities in Cleveland, Ohio, and Oakville, Ontario. Final assembly will be in Goodrich’s facilities next to the A380 assembly line in Toulouse, France.
The initial shipset delivery is scheduled for the first quarter of 2004, with first flight of the aircraft targeted later that year. The aircraft is anticipated to enter commercial service in March 2006.
The A380 will be the largest commercial passenger aircraft in the world and will seat 555 passengers in a standard three-class layout.