Sat, Oct 22, 2005
Not Just A Supplier, But A Customer, Too!
Boeing has selected the
Aerospace Division of Korean Air, KAL-ASD, to manufacture wingtips
for an extended-range version of its upcoming 787 airliner.
"KAL-ASD is a proven performer," said 787 project VP and General
Manager Mike Bair. "We selected them to be part of our team because
of their capabilities and competencies."
According to a company press release, the 17' raked wingtips
will be utilized on the middle-child 787-8 model, designed to carry
up to 223 passengers as far as 8,500 nm. The aircraft will be
bookended by the higher capacity 787-3, carrying 296 passengers on
ranges up to 3,500 nm, and the longer 787-9, which will carry 259
passengers a range of 8,300 nm.
Korean Air is also a launch customer for the 787. As was reported by Aero-News last April,
the company has also ordered 10 Dreamliners, with options for 10
more, for its commercial aviation operation.
"We are very pleased to be involved in the Boeing 787-8 raked
wing tip production, not only as a supplier but also as a partner
in the aircraft design and development stage," said Mr. Suh Sang
Mook, president of KAL-ASD. He added, "Korean Air's Aerospace
Division has greatly expanded its capabilities over the years and
we aim to increase our presence in this market."
Founded in 1976, KAL-ASD has grown to be a major supplier of
wings, fuselage, and empennage components to major aircraft
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