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A330neo cowls to be built by FACC

Fan cowls for the Airbus A330neo will be sourced from Austrian-based FACC, under a contract from Safran’s Aircelle division.

FACC will be the exclusive supplier of cowls for the aircraft, which will be powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines. It will deliver the first parts in the third quarter of 2016.

Over the life of the A330neo programme, FACC expects the agreement to generate $100 million in revenues.

Airbus has yet to firm orders for the A330neo but it has obtained commitments from several customers covering over 120 aircraft.

The airframer had already agreed a partnership with Aircelle covering development of the nacelle for the type.

FACC says it expects Airbus’s order book to expand “significantly” over the next few years following the launch of the A330neo. Given the design maturity of the A330, it adds, this will generate a “positive impact” for FACC’s finances.

A330neo cowls will be produced at FACC’s plant in Reichersberg, Austria, using carbonfibre construction.

FACC, which has close ties with China's state aviation firm AVIC, is intending to strengthen its connections to the A330 programme through a strategic partnership linked to a planned Chinese A330 completion centre.

Under the agreement production of passenger cabins will be carried out in the Zhenjiang-based facility of AVIC subsidiary Fesher Aviation Components. FACC is to act as a consultant for interior development, installation and integration.

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