August 8, 2013
Fokker signs additional contract with Airbus for A350-1000 composite Outboard Flap
Fokker Aerostructures has signed an important contract with Airbus for the development and manufacturing of the Outboard Flap for the A350-1000, the largest variant of the A350 XWB family of aircraft. Outboard flaps increase the surface-area as well as the camber of the wing during take-off and landing. The design of the A350-1000 composite flap has been customized because of the new wing design of this variant and because of the enlarged fuselage. Development activities have already started in close collaboration with Airbus in Bremen, where a team of Fokker engineers is co-located on-site with the Airbus team. First hardware deliveries are scheduled for 2015. The new contract means employment for 50 highly qualified specialists at Fokker. The Outboard Flap for the A350-800 and A350 -900 variants has also been designed by Fokker and is currently in production in Papendrecht. The awarding of this contract further expands Fokker’s position as supplier of the outboard flaps for all variants of the Airbus A350 XWB family and is therefore considered to be a significant milestone.