MONTREAL - Bombardier Aerospace (TSX:BBD.B) has awarded contracts to two more British companies to supply parts in Belfast for its CSeries commercial aircraft.
GKN Aerospace will supply the winglet for the 110- to 149-seat aircraft from its composites centre on the Isle of Wight. The deal could be worth more than US$100 million.
Cytec Engineered Materials will provide some of the advanced composite material for the plane's wing. This is part of a larger contract valued at up to $800 million to supply carbon fibre composite materials for a number of Bombardier aircraft programs.
Bombardier's facility in Belfast is responsible for the development, design and manufacture of the advanced composites wings for the CSeries.
Goodrich Actuation Systems has already been selected to supply the flap and slat actuation systems. Senior Aerospace BWT will provide the low pressure air distribution systems for the cabin and cockpit systems.
A demonstrator wing will begin testing in a few weeks. The first composite wing is scheduled to be manufactured in 2011, ahead of the aircraft's delivery in 2013.
Montreal-based Bombardier has received 50 orders for the aircraft that promises reduced fuel and operating savings, along with lower environmental and noise emissions.
On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier's shares were down four cents at C$5.40 in afternoon trading.