Airbus delivers on FWSAR with UTAS landing gear for A350

July 03, 2018
Written by Wings Staff
A technician prepares UTC Aerospace Systems’ A350-1000 main landing gear for retraction endurance and environmental testing at the company’s Oakville, Ont. facility. Photo credit: UTAS. (CNW Group/Airbus. Homepage photo of the A350-1000’s first take off by P. Pigeyre/master films)

A technician prepares UTC Aerospace Systems’ A350-1000 main landing gear for retraction endurance and environmental testing at the company’s Oakville, Ont. facility. Photo credit: UTAS. (CNW Group/Airbus. Homepage photo of the A350-1000’s first take off by P. Pigeyre/master films)

The UTC Aerospace Systems’ Landing Systems site in Oakville, Ont., is Airbus' sole supplier for the main landing gear of the A350-1000, the world's newest long range widebody airliner. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED), on June 28 acknowledged the contributions to the Canadian economy through the Oakville site and its landing-gear partnership with Airbus.

“I am pleased to see that UTC Aerospace Systems' expertise is being recognized through this important contract with government suppliers,” said Bains. “Our government is leveraging its purchasing power to bring economic benefits and jobs to Canadian firms, enabling them to grow and innovate, which is creating highly-skilled jobs and economic growth in Oakville and across the country.”

With 168 A350-1000s ordered by airlines around the world, the cooperation is expected to bring long-term, sustainable and high-quality work to Canada, this also resulting through the Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) associated with the Airbus C295 FWSAR program. The program looks to provide business beyond the duration of the current FWSAR ITB achievement period.

UTC Aerospace Systems celebrated an important milestone earlier this year with the entry into service of its first Airbus A350-1000 landing gear, flying today with two operators. “At UTC Aerospace Systems, our Landing Systems business has a long history of operating in Canada and partnering with Airbus,” said the company's Oakville VP Frank Karakas. “We're proud of that legacy, and look forward to building on it in the years to come.”

The manufacturing of the landing gear also incorporates a sizeable element of Canadian Small Medium Business (SMB) volumes, explains Airbus, thus benefitting the local supply chain. The project also supports numerous ISED goals, such as world product mandates, export enhancement, sustainable business and SMB involvement.

“Airbus and UTAS have been partners for many years and this new technology incorporated into the A350-1000 widebody airliner is just another example of how we continue to support Canadian innovation,” said Simon Jacques, President, Airbus Defence and Space Canada.

The A350-1000 is the latest member of Airbus' leading widebody family, showing high level of commonality with the A350-900 with 95 per cent common systems part numbers and Same Type Rating. As well as having a longer fuselage to accommodate 40 per cent larger premium area (compared to the A350-900), the A350-1000 also features a modified wing trailing-edge, new six-wheel main landing gears and more powerful Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-97 engines.

Airbus explains the FWSAR program is supporting approximately $2.5 billion in ITB value return to Canada, through high-volume, long-term partnerships with companies, such as UTC Aerospace Systems.

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