LOS ANGELES UTC
Aerospace Systems has been chosen to build the landing gear for
the newest version of Boeing Co.s 737 airliner.
N.C.-based company, formed following Hartford, Conn.-based
United Technologies Corp.s $18.4-billion purchase of
landing gear builder Goodrich Corp. in 2012, will provide the
nose and main landing gear in addition to the main gear side
struts for the single-aisle 737 MAX.
Details were not
available on the likely material breakdown for the new landing
gear, or how it might differ from earlier versions of the 737.
However, landing gear has traditionally used high-strength
steels, including vacuum-arc remelted 300M, although titanium
has seen increasing applications.
has more than 1,400 orders for the newest version of its
top-selling airliner, which is scheduled to come into service
in the third quarter of 2017.
said the gear will be built in several plants in North America
UTC Aerospace also
provides landing gear for other Boeing programs, including the
Next-Generation 737 and the twin-aisle 777.
The 737 MAX is
competing in what is regarded as the largest segment of the
commercial aircraft market. Toulouse, France-based Airbus
SAS A320neo, which is set to enter service in the second
half of 2015, will provide the main competition.
Messier-Bugatti-Dowty SA, a unit of Paris-based Safran SA, is
supplying the landing gear for the A320neo.