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HAL to manufacture flaperons for Boeing's 777 series commercial jetliner Print E-mail
Written by James   
Friday, 23 October 2009
Bangalore: Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will now produce flaperons for Boeing's 777 series commercial jetliner. An agreement was inked today by both companies to work together for the production.

Mr Rick Mattern, Director, Structures Airplane Programmes (Supplier Management), Commercial Airplanes, Boeing and Mr Soundara Rajan, Director, Corporate Planning and Marketing, HAL exchanged the documents after signing an agreement to work together. Senior officials from Boeing and HAL were present on the occasion.

"HAL and Boeing share a very special relationship and we are delighted that our strengths in composites are getting more international recognition," Mr Soundara Rajan, Director, Corporate Planning & Marketing, HAL said.

The 777 flaperon is a highly complex composite assembly that is instrumental in controlling the airplane’s maneuverability in flight (both as an aileron to control roll and as a flap to control lift). As per the contract Boeing will get the first set of flaperons in the next couple of years. HAL will make the delivery in phases.

"Showcasing HAL’s composite manufacturing capability on one of the world’s premier long-haul commercial jets positions us for even greater opportunities at the forefront of technology," he added.

“The agreement represents yet another work package Boeing has placed in India and HAL since we first began our relationship with HAL in 1991, and after having received the first production part from HAL in 1995,” said Boeing India President Dinesh Keskar.

“The composite 777 flaperon that HAL will produce represents a significant leap forward in technological capability, and supports Boeing’s strategy to work in partnership with India’s aerospace industry for the long-term,” he added.

Indian carriers have ordered a total of thirty-six 777s. (23 from Air India and 13 from Jet Airways).

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