World's Leading Nacelle Designer and Manufacturer Traces Large Commercial Product Lineage to Beginning of Jet Age
Goodrich Corporation has designed and built more than 50 different nacelle systems in 50 years. With more than 27,000 nacelle systems and related components in service on nearly 13,000 airplanes in the global commercial aviation fleet, Goodrich has more systems in service than at any time in the past. Goodrich nacelle systems have been used in more than 135 million aircraft landings worldwide.
"Our legacy of nacelle system design and manufacture goes back to before World War II, and we can trace our nacelle lineage on commercial jet programs back to the Boeing 707 at the beginning of the Jet Age," said Marc Duvall, president of Goodrich's Aerostructures business. "We now support the largest number of commercial aircraft nacelle systems and related components in our history, and we're now building on that legacy with current nacelle programs that deliver advanced fuel saving and noise reduction technology."
Goodrich is the exclusive nacelle system provider for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, providing nacelles and thrust reversers for both the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 and General Electric GEnx engines that power the new twinjet. Both nacelle systems feature the only true laminar flow nacelle in service today; laminar flow is enabled in the Boeing 787 by having extremely tight and aerodynamically smooth surface tolerances configured to specific aerodynamic shapes, allowing air to pass over nacelle surfaces virtually unimpeded. Laminar flow is a major contributor to fuel efficiency at the nacelle level. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner entered into service last year.
The Aerostructures business unit is also the exclusive nacelle provider for the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine for the Airbus A350 XWB. In addition to being the largest nacelle system ever manufactured by Goodrich, the nacelle system for the A350 XWB will have electric thrust reverser actuation, a first for a Goodrich nacelle. The A350 XWB is scheduled to enter into service in 2014.
In addition, Goodrich is under contract to design and build the nacelle system for the Bombardier CSeries, the Mitsubishi Regional Jet and the Airbus A320neo (new engine option). All of those platforms will be powered by variants of the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1000G engine. Another first in the industry is the variable area fan nozzle that Goodrich developed for the CSeries and A320neo, representing a true integrated powerplant system between engine and nacelle.
"Of equal importance to developing innovative systems to meet the demands of evolving engine architecture and operating environments, we continue to offer unmatched lifecycle support for our products through customer service offerings such as Prime Solutions® and our global maintenance, repair and overhaul network. We currently operate nine repair centers in eight countries worldwide offering in excess of 1.25 million square feet of capacity. Our full support capability also includes a variety of rotable assets supporting both Goodrich and non-Goodrich original nacelle equipment," said Duvall.