Bombardier to Pitch for Future Airbus Composite Wing Work
Bombardier will pitch to play a key role in a future Airbus composite wing programme, believing its expertise in designing and building the innovative carbonfibre wing for the A220 gives it the edge over the European manufacturer's own factories
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November 28, 2018 - by MURDO MORRISON for Flightglobal
"We have been very clear – this is an opportunity we need to grab," says Michael Ryan, chief operating officer at Bombardier Aerostructures & Engineering Services (BAES), and head of the company's Belfast plant, which builds the A220 wing. The Northern Ireland facility has been pioneering composite technologies since it was Shorts Aerospace in the 1980s.
Airbus took control of the troubled CSeries programme in July, renaming it the A220, and effectively allowing Bombardier to exit from a cripplingly loss-making commitment. However, the Canadian company retained the intellectual property rights on the wing, which BAES in Belfast continues to build for Airbus as a supplier.