Aero Vodochody delivered the 200th set of FLEs for the Airbus A220
At the end of March 2021, Aero Vodochody delivered to its customer the 200th set of fixed leading edges for the Airbus A220. Serial production of 17-meter assembly was launched in 2014, Aero delivered the first leading edges to Bombardier Belfast a year later. The A220 program remains the largest in the Aero’saerostructures portfolio and has the greatest growth potential.
In 2020, Aero delivered 46 sets of leading edges, which is roughly the same as in 2019. “We are very proud to have already delivered 200 pairs of leading edges for the A220. Aero had been involved in the development of this aircraft and has been supplying to Belfast an equipped assembly ready for installation to the wing. The Airbus A220 is a state-of-the-art transport aircraft with very economical operation, for which there is a great demand on the market. After the current crisis, we expect an increase in production on this strategic programme," said Pavel Vašíček, Vice President Aerostructures of Aero Vodochody.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, there was a significant decline in customer orders for this program. In the end, however, the black scenario with a reduction in deliveries of around 50% did not become reality and deliveries in 2020 were comparable to the quantities delivered in the previous year 2019.
The A220 aircraft is designed for medium-haul routes for 100 to 150 passengers and is produced in two versions, the A220-100 and A220-300. Airbus now has orders for more than 600 of these aircraft, with more than 500 in the A220-300 version. Last year, Airbus also introduced a business jet variant of the aircraft called the ACJ TwoTwenty.
Aero signed a contract for the development and production of FLE for the Airbus A220 (formerly Bombardier CSeries) in 2009 with the Belgian company Sonaca. In 2016, Aero signed a production contract directly to Bombardier Belfast. In 2020, American company Spirit AeroSystems took over the Northern Ireland Bombardier site, including the A220 wings production.
A220 is one of five Aerostructures programs of Aero Vodochody Company. Aero also cooperates on the Embraer C-390 Millennium military transport aircraft as a producer of the rear fuselage, cargo ramp, all cabin doors and FLEs. Production of the equipped centre-wing box for the Alenia C-27J Spartan military transport aircraft also continues. In civil field, Aero is responsible for development and production of panels for the P2F conversion for STE Aerospace. Aero's customers also include the Czech aircraft manufacturer Aircraft Industries, for which Aero provides development and production of landing gear.
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE
AERO Vodochody AEROSPACE a.s. focuses on the design, manufacturing maintenance, overhaul and upgrade of military and civil aircraft and is the largest aviation manufacturer in the Czech Republic and with history since 1919 one of the oldest aerospace companies worldwide. In the field of military aircraft, Aero has been a reliable long-term partner to many of the world's air forces and it has a strong position on the market of military training and light combat aircraft. With a track record of 11,000 aircraft produced over the last 100 years, a broad coverage of dozens of military operators and demo teams, a huge existing fleet of L-39 Albatrosses and with a brand new aircraft, the L-39NG now, Aero is maintaining its positioning as a leader in the jet training market.
In the field of civil aviation, Aero collaborates with many of the world's largest manufacturers in a diverse range of projects. More recently, Aero became a full partner in several risk-sharing programmes, taking responsibility not only for the production of structures but also for development.