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UTC Aerospace to build MAX landing gear

Keywords: Tags  high-strength steel, titanium, Boeing Co., UTC Aerospace Systems, United Technologies, Goodrich, Boeing 737MAX, landing gear Airbus A320neo

LOS ANGELES — UTC Aerospace Systems has been chosen to build the landing gear for the newest version of Boeing Co.’s 737 airliner.

The Charlotte, 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.

Chicago-based Boeing 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.

United Technologies said the gear will be built in several plants in North America and Poland.

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.

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