Press Release

Aero to increase production for Airbus by 80 percent this year

The wing edge for the A220 commercial aircraft is being built in Vodochody

Vodochody, January 24, 2024 – Aero, a traditional Czech manufacturer, is strengthening its position in civil production focused on complex deliveries for commercial aircraft.

In 2024, it plans to produce and deliver 100 leading-edge wings for the A220, one of the most popular commercial aircraft in its category.

Aero’s civil program with transport aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been running for 15 years. The Aero plant produces fixed-wing leading edges for the A220 and will continue to do so in the coming years. “For 2024, there is a request from Airbus to increase production by almost 80 percent to a record 100 A220 wing leading edges. There is currently a huge demand for these commercial aircraft in the world, numbering in the higher hundreds, which is also great news and an opportunity for Aero for at least ten years,” says Viktor Sotona, President and Chairman of the Board of Aero, adding: “In addition, our customer was very appreciative that we were able to produce 17 leading edges in two months at the end of 2023, which met his bold expectations for our production capabilities.”

The wing leading edge, which is 17 meters long and made up of almost 3,000 different parts, is an important component of the A220 civil aircraft. Aero has been involved in the development of this part of the A220 since 2009, and the Czech manufacturer has produced more than 370 leading edges in Vodochody since 2011.

“Given the ever-increasing demand for A220 aircraft and the growing number of Airbus orders from end customers, we can expect a requirement in the coming years to increase Aero’s production even beyond today’s record 100 leading edges per year. This will further increase Aero’s program potential and challenge Aero to maintain its position as a single source supplier in the future,” adds Michal Krofta, Aero’s Director of Production Programs.

The Airbus A220 is a single-aisle commercial aircraft for 100 to 150 passengers used for short and medium-haul flights. The fixed leading edge of the wing is oriented against the direction of flight and affects the aerodynamics and stability of the aircraft. This aircraft is one of the most popular in its category and is used by many airlines around the world, including the Czech Republic.

Radka Černá, PR & Communications Manager
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