GKN Aerospace has signed a contract to supply electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for the new Boeing 777X family. The 777X EWIS will be delivered out of several strategic global locations, such as China, the Netherlands, and the new state-of-the-art wiring facility in Pune, India.
Production will start at the end of Q1 2020.
GKN Fokker Elmo (which was bought by GKN Aerospace a few years ago) has supplied EWIS to Boeing for more than a decade for the 777, 737 and P-8A. The new contract reaffirms GKN Fokker Elmo’s position as a strategic EWIS supplier to Boeing. GKN Fokker Elmo is globally recognised as one of the markets and technology leaders in EWIS.
President Civil Airframes GKN Aerospace, John Pritchard, said: “We are extremely proud of our participation in the 777X programme. It is great that we can contribute to this advanced aircraft that successfully completed its maiden flight on 25 January 2020.
“We’ve been producing EWIS for Boeing aircraft for many years and this new contract award – which is thanks to the team’s continued commitment to quality, on-time delivery and customer focus – means we have now strengthened our business relationship for many more years to come.”
Boeing has indicated that the 777X widebody family will deliver 10 percent lower fuel use and emissions and 10 percent lower operating costs than the competition through advanced aerodynamics, the latest generation carbon-fibre composite wing and the most advanced commercial engine ever built, GE Aviation’s GE9X.
Boeing expects to deliver the first 777X in 2021. The programme has won 340 orders and commitments from carriers around the world, including ANA, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways and Singapore Airlines.
Since its launch in 2013, the 777X family has outsold the competition nearly 2 to 1 according to Boeing.
For more information on GKN Aerospace, click here.