Korean Air and Kawasaki Heavy Industries have
signed an agreement to extend the existing contract for producing
Aft. Wheel Well Bulkhead, a structure of Boeing 787 Dreamliner
aircraft, for the next nine years.
Korean Air has been producing parts of Boeing 787
Dreamliner since 2005 and has been responsible for parts including
the Aft. Wheel Well Bulkhead for fuselage, Raked Wingtip and Flap
Support Fairing for wing, and the Aft. Body for aircraft rear-end.
The Aft. Wheel Well Bulkhead, a structure
supporting the fuselage at the wheel portion of the aircraft, is
designed to increase the strength of the aircraft's structure and
protect the aircraft from the high temperatures generated by the
main landing gear.
Also, as a composite component of the fuselage,
it requires high precision of manufacturing technology, and is
directly related to the stability of the aircraft.
Korean Air has delivered 1,100 shipsets since
2005, and with the recent agreement, will deliver the products for
almost a decade from 2022, securing about $300 million in terms of
Furthermore, with the recent agreement, Korean Air
will be able to reinforce its partnership with Kawasaki Heavy
Industries, which accounts for a large portion of Boeing fuselage
business, encouraging additional collaboration between the two
companies in the future.
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