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Messier-Dowty delivers first B787 production main landing gears
Velizy, France, June 19th, 2007
Messier-Dowty, a SAFRAN group company, has delivered the first set of B787 Dreamliner production main landing gears. This follows the recent delivery of the first production nose gear.
Messier-Dowty’s international manufacturing facilities based in Gloucester (UK), Montréal (Canada), Bidos (France) and Suzhou (China) are involved in the production of the 787 landing gears.
Following assembly at Gloucester of the major structural components from its global production and supply chain network, the main landing was delivered to Messier-Dowty’s new 25,000 sq.ft. Final Integration Facility adjacent to the Boeing Everett site). There, Messier-Dowty integrated equipment supplied by other Partners including wheels, tires and brakes, together with other ancillary dressings and equipment prior to delivery to Boeing’s final assembly line.
The Boeing 787 landing gears include new materials and processes. In order to deliver weight savings to the 787 program, a number of major structural components are manufactured from a new Titanium alloy, including the main gear truck beam and the first application of titanium on a main gear inner cylinder. HVOF (High Velocity Oxy Fuel) surface treatment will be used extensively, which is an environmentally friendly process, replacing the previous chrome plating.
Messier-Dowty was selected to design and produce the 787 Dreamliner landing gears in March 2004, its first landing gear contract with Boeing Commercial aircraft. Messier-Dowty is responsible for the design, development, testing, manufacture and integration of the main and nose landing gear structure, and is working closely with Boeing to provide in-service support. Messier-Dowty is part of Boeing’s Life Cycle Product Team (LCPT) combining knowledge and experience from design, test, operations and customer service, to consider all aspects of the landing gears through the life of the aircraft.
Messier-Dowty, a SAFRAN group company, is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and support of landing gear systems. Messier-Dowty landing gear are in service on more than 19,500 aircraft making over 35,000 landings every day. The company supplies 33 airframe manufacturers and supports 2000 operators of large commercial aircraft, regional and business aircraft, military aircraft and helicopters. Messier-Dowty is also the majority shareholder of the worldwide MRO network, Messier Services. Messier-Dowty and Messier Services together have 4,300 employees across sites in Europe, North America and Asia, and posted consolidated sales of 738 million euros in 2006.
Alison Joly | Tel: +33 (0)1 46 29 18 22 | Fax: +33 (0)1 46 29 18 03 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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