Boeing has named Germany’s Telair International, a Teleflex company, to design and manufacture the cargo handling system for the 747 Large Cargo Freighter, a modified 747-400 jet that will transport major assemblies for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The system’s design features “intelligent” Power Drive Units (PDUs) networked through a control system that allows them to communicate with one another. According to Boeing, this enables a safe and non-labour-intensive loading and unloading of the aircraft as well as simplifying system maintenance. The Large Cargo Freighter’s design features an entire aft fuselage that swings open for loading.
“Meeting this challenge requires first-of-its-kind hardware and systems controls that will take our design and materials approaches to an even higher technical level,” said Telair President Axel Hauner.
Boeing will use three Large Cargo Freighters as the primary means of transporting major 787 assemblies to its
The 787 is a new family of mid-sized airplanes that will enter service in 2008. Boeing has 252 announced firm orders and commitments for the 787 from 20 airlines.