GKN Aerospace wins Global 7000 and 8000 contract

Terry Spruce

GKN Aerospace wins multi-million pound contract for Global 7000 and Global 8000 rudder and elevator contract.
Global 7000 mock-up at EBACE 2014
Global 7000 mock-up at EBACE 2014

GKN Aerospace has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast to design, develop and supply the composite integrated rudder and elevator for the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 ultra long-range business jets.

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These composite structures will be developed and manufactured at the company’s Cowes facility on the Isle of Wight, UK. First deliveries to Bombardier in Belfast will take place in 2014 and will continue through to 2026.

GKN is already contracted to design and produce the transparencies, including the high performance cockpit windows and ultra-large passenger cabin windows.

Neil McManus, CEO of GKN Aerospace – Europe and special products, says: “Our engineering expertise across composites and transparencies will make a vital contribution to meeting the remarkable range and emissions goals of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft.”

“This latest contract win illustrates both our growing relationship with Bombardier Aerospace, which includes the supply of critical structures for the CSeries aircraft’s advanced composite wings, and also our increasing participation in the business aviation market,” adds McManus.

The Bombardier Global 7000 and Global 8000 business aircraft was launched in 2010.

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