UK-based Dowty Aerospace Wolverhampton has been chosen by French nacelle-supplier Hurel-Dubois as its preferred supplier of thrust reverser actuation systems, giving it a place on three new commercial jet projects.

Hurel-Dubois has already been selected to provide aircraft nacelle systems for the Pratt & Whitney PW6000-powered new Airbus A318, together with two new 70-seat regional jets, Embraer's ERJ-170 and Fairchild's 728JET - both of which are powered by General Electric CF34 engines.

Dowty has now won contracts to supply the thrust reverser actuation systems on all three aircraft programmes, together with Bombardier's new Continental Business Jet. The company says that based on projected aircraft sales, the contracts could be worth up to $200 million.

The company already provides thrust reverser actuation systems, for Boeing 737, 757 and 777 aircraft, but this new deal marks the first success on Airbus equipment for Dowty's thrust product.

Dowty Group chief executive Geoff Smith says: "This new strategic alliance with Hurel-Dubois has given us a breakthrough in supplying Airbus Industrie with thrust reverser actuation systems.

"The contracts further enhance Dowty's presence in the expanding regional and business jet markets."

Hurel-Dubois chairman and chief executive Francis Avanzi adds: "It is fully consistent with our Group strategy to establish strong partnerships."

Source: Flight Daily News