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Goodrich To Supply A350-1000 Landing Gear  
User currently offlineaviationweek From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2010, 55 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4705 times:

In a surprise move, Airbus has switched suppliers for the main landing gear on the A350-1000, selecting Goodrich over incumbent vendor Messier-Dowty for the largest XWB variant.

Full story on Aviation Week http://bit.ly/bMmal1

What does this mean for Messier-Dowty?

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User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 4665 times:

Quoting aviationweek (Thread starter):
What does this mean for Messier-Dowty?

Probably not much. Airbus originally asked for bids for the standard 4-wheel-bogie for the A358 and A359, M-D provided the best and got the contract. New bids were asked for the 6-wheel-A35X-bogie, and Goodrich gave them better value-for-money. A simple finding of a subcontractor as it happens daily in every industry. And sometimes for similar-but-different products different suppliers give you the best option.



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offliner2rho From Germany, joined Feb 2007, 2497 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 4406 times:

OK, so maybe Goodrich was the cheaper option, but this puts the A350-1000 in an ackward position, making it a bit of an odd duck. From what we hear, landing gear won't be the only different thing on the -1000, and that kind of kills the a/c family concept, doesn't it?

User currently offlineAA737-823 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 5637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 4326 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 2):
OK, so maybe Goodrich was the cheaper option, but this puts the A350-1000 in an ackward position, making it a bit of an odd duck. From what we hear, landing gear won't be the only different thing on the -1000, and that kind of kills the a/c family concept, doesn't it?

No.
No more than different engines and gear killed the A340-300 to A340-600 commonality.
People get trapped in this 'commonality' thing and fail to realize that the only reason commonality matters is for COST SAVINGS to the operator. If you can save more money by giving up a bit of commonality (as the A351 will do), then it DOESN'T MATTER.

It's also worth noting that the 777-3ER has a different main gear design than the classic 777's; that doesn't seem to have hurt sales any. And neither did GE90-115B exclusivity.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 6626 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 1 day ago) and read 4314 times:

Quoting r2rho (Reply 2):
OK, so maybe Goodrich was the cheaper option, but this puts the A350-1000 in an ackward position, making it a bit of an odd duck. From what we hear, landing gear won't be the only different thing on the -1000, and that kind of kills the a/c family concept, doesn't it?

How do you get commonality when one is a 4 wheel and the other a 6 wheel, in this instance it doesn't really matter who supplies them as they are going to be different.


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2004 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 22 hours ago) and read 4063 times:

I presume a heavy A359R or A359F model would use the Goodrich gear as well if it required 6 wheel bogies?


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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 11918 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 20 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

Quoting KiwiRob (Reply 4):
How do you get commonality when one is a 4 wheel and the other a 6 wheel, in this instance it doesn't really matter who supplies them as they are going to be different.

This would be true if there's absolutely no commonality between Vendor X's 4 wheel gear and their 6 wheel gear.

If there is some commonality between them, and little commonality between Vendor X's 6 wheel gear and Vendor Y's 6 wheel gear, then there may be some savings going with Vendor X, int terms of training, and maintenance / wearable items.

But in the great scheme of things, it doesn't matter all that much.



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