Bavarian Companies Pivotal in Bombardier Aircrafts Success

Bavarian Companies Pivotal in Bombardier Aircrafts Success

One the most advanced and environment-friendly aircrafts in modern history was developed by the Quebec-based giant Bombardier: The C-Series – since 2017 property of Airbus and known as the A-220 – has been regarded in the industry as a milestone in terms of noise management, fuel consumption and passenger comfort.

To achieve this R&D and engineering success, and to transform it into reality, Bombardier and subsequently Airbus were able to count on the decades-spanning know-how and expertise of two Bavarian companies: since 2011, IABG, on the one hand, have been managing the fatigue testing of the A-220 – with focus on material mechanical load resistance within the fuselage’s metal structures – an essential component of the plane’s official certification. Liebherr Aerospace, on the other hand, supply the plane’s landing gears, which they assemble and test at their Laval facility in Quebec, being responsible for expanded logistics of that part as well.

The development of the Global 7500 and Global 8000, Bombardier’s new generation of bireactor business jets, also has a Bavarian facet. Liebherr Aerospace was appointed in 2011 to take care of the air management systems, continuing a long-standing cooperation with the Canadian plane-manufacturer, as they had been selected in 1993 as a supplier for Bombardier’s Global Express aircraft. Apparatebau Gauting was to manage the water and wastewater systems, which they have made to one of their specialties over the years, for small and large, passenger and freight aircrafts.

When announcing their choice, Bombardier highlighted that they were looking for “high quality suppliers (…) to ensure the flexibility needed to incorporate future innovations”.