Boeing [NYSE: BA] selected Goodrich Corporation's cargo handling system for the 7E7 Dreamliner, marking Goodrich's eighth work package for the all-new passenger jet. The cargo system includes the mechanisms for cargo handling as well as the floor panels for the cargo section.
"Goodrich is a real partner for us on the 7E7 program," said Mike Bair, vice president and general manager of the 7E7 program. "They are helping us achieve our goals of delivering a superior product. The 7E7's superior cargo capability is one of the reasons airlines around the world are so interested in the airplane."
Tim Dumbauld, vice president and general manager of Goodrich's Cargo Systems business, said, "This win marks the next step in Goodrich's evolution from a subsystem supplier to a cargo system integrator at Boeing. New technology will be used in the cargo drive and control systems enabling us to offer a lightweight, yet durable 7E7 system that will be cost effective for airlines to operate and maintain."
Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner
The 7E7 is a family of three super efficient airplanes that will provide passengers with a better flying experience. The 7E7-8 Dreamliner will carry 217 passengers in three-classes of seating with a range of up to 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 kilometers). The 7E7-3, a model of the 7E7-8 optimized for shorter flights, will carry 289 passengers in two-class seating on ranges up to 3,500 nautical miles (6,500 kilometers). The 7E7-9, a longer version of the 7E7-8, will carry 257 passengers in three classes with a range of 8,300 nautical miles (15,400 kilometers).
Boeing has awarded Goodrich contracts to provide exterior lighting, wheels and electric braking system, nacelles and thrust reversers, proximity sensing system, the fuel quantity indicating system and the fuel management software for the 7E7. In addition, recently Goodrich announced that it had been selected by Rolls-Royce to provide the sensor suite and engine control system for the Trent 1000 engine, an engine option for the 7E7.