Expertise from Austria for Boeing Dreamliner 787
In just a few weeks this new wonder of aviation will take to the air thanks to innovative components from FACC, Böhler, austriamicrosystems and TTTech Computertechnik.
The first Boeing Dreamliner 787 will be handed over to Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) later this summer. This marks a new chapter by Boeing in the history of aviation: the first time that a large passenger aircraft is built from more than 50% modern composites rather than aluminium. The materials used are lighter, longer lasting and more resistant to corrosion. The engine uses 20% less fuel than standard aircraft. The fact that this miracle of engineering is about to go into regular service is also thanks to Boeing’s suppliers from Austria. The Dreamliner is fitted with numerous “made in Austria” components:
- austriamicrosystems AG has supplied components for the on-board electronic network.
- Böhler Schmiedtechnik GmbH & Co KG is represented with more than 200 different forged parts. These include precision components for the undercarriage, fore flap and wing box, which all play a key role in reducing the aircraft’s weight.
- Composite specialist Fischer Advanced Composite Components (FACC) has been heavily involved in developing state-of-the-art fibre composites, which are used in engines, wings and fuselages. These components make a significant contribution to reducing the weight, lowering fuel consumption and cutting maintenance costs.
- TTTech Computertechnik AG provides electronic components which weigh far less than commonly used systems.
Therefore Austrian supply firms have once again proven their innovative strength in the new design of a wide-bodied aircraft. Austria is also among the top suppliers to the largest Aerospace Cluster in the world (based in Washington State, USA).