First the landing gear, now the slides

Goodrich has been selected by Airbus to supply the evacuation systems for the A380 aircraft. Under the contract, Goodrich will engineer and manufacture the slides and provide customer support once the aircraft enters commercial service in 2006.

The program has the potential to generate revenues between $300 and $400 million including original equipment sales to Airbus and aftermarket spares and services to the airlines over a 20 year period.

The evacuation systems for the A380 will be designed and manufactured at the company’s facilities in Phoenix, AZ, USA.

The aircraft is anticipated to enter commercial service in March 2006 and will be the largest commercial passenger aircraft in the world. It will seat 555 passengers in a standard three-class layout. In March, Goodrich was awarded the main landing gear contract for the A380 worth between $2 and $3 billion over 20 years.