GKN to produce 737 Max winglets

Boeing has selected GKN as a winglet supplier for the 737 Max programme.

The UK aerostructures specialist will thus become the second producer for the wing-tip devices after Korean Air Aerospace Division, the equipment manufacturing arm of the South Korean flag carrier.

GKN will fabricate the winglets at its UK composite production centre at Cowes on the Isle Wight, although final assembly will take place at one of the supplier’s US facilities, in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

The first developmental winglet shipset is to be delivered to Boeing in 2015, ahead of the 737 Max's first flight, planned for the following year.

GKN started supplying winglets to Boeing in 2007. These equip legacy 737-300/500s and 767s.

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