tk Aerospace supports Airbus Single Aisle supplier
by Hans Diederichs
In the near future, materials by thyssenkrupp Aerospace (tk Aerospace) will be flying in the Airbus Single Aisle, a narrow-body aircraft designed for long-haul flights. As part of a five-year contract, the service provider has been supplying cut-to-size sheets, plates as well as round and flat bars to a British partner of Airbus since April 2020. The engineering company produces components for civil and military aircraft and has been a customer of thyssenkrupp Aerospace for more than 20 years.
The Airbus supplier requires aluminum, steel and titanium products cut to size for its precision components. thyssenkrupp Aerospace is supplying these essential parts in the face of tight deadlines to support the customer in processing the order for the Airbus Single Aisle. The initial project is set to run until the end of 2025 with the potential for thyssenkrupp Aerospace’s contract to be extended for an additional five years, resulting in cost advantages for the British customer as well as a more secure supply chain in a volatile market.
Material for Airbus parts
Airbus is developing the A321XLR in response to market needs for even more range and payload by delivering an unprecedented “Xtra Long Range” for single-aisle aircraft of up to 4,700 NM. This provides 15 percent additional reach on airline routes from the A321LR longrange variant currently in service, with 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared to previous-generation competitor aircraft.
Together with the Airbus A330neo, the A321XLR perfectly addresses the market niche which exists between single-aisle aircraft and the smallest widebodies, while enabling Airbus to enhance the product coverage between its A220 and A320 single-aisle families and the widebody A330neo and A350 XWB.
thyssenkrupp Aerospace is supporting the British supplier as well as many other Airbus tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. As a result, the materials of the service provider are now included in many Airbus aircraft.
thyssenkrupp Aerospace supplies the required materials just-in-time, cut and machined exactly to customer specifications. The aim is for customers to be able to concentrate fully on their core business. The company has a global network of 22 countries.
Source: thyssenkrupp Materials Services GmbH Photo: Airbus S.A.S.