Did you know that every Boeing 787 Dreamliner also contains Saab technology? In fact, since the launch of the successor to the 767, a piece of Swedish engineering has accompanied every flight. All door systems for the 787 are supplied by Saab AB.
The Boeing is considered an innovative wide-body aircraft that did not have an easy take-off. In contrast to its predecessor, the hull consists largely of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics. What was considered groundbreaking repeatedly led to problems during development and ultimately led to the manufacturer having to report a delay in the schedule of more than 3 years.
But the effort should be worth it. The absolute lightweight construction that the Americans relied on resulted in a weight saving of around 20% compared to conventional construction. The majority of the fuselage is now made of carbon fiber reinforced plastics, the aluminum content of the 787 is only 20%. Today, Boeing's wide-body aircraft is one of the best-selling and most economical in its segment.
Saab supplies all door systems for the Boeing 787 program. They are also made primarily of composite materials, are particularly light and designed for easy assembly by Boeing. The access doors, the doors to the cargo hold and entrances for bulk cargo symbolize something from Saab in every Dreamliner.
Saab AB's delivery framework agreement with Boeing, concluded in 2004, has now been extended (Link). Saab has so far delivered more than 1.100 door systems for the Dreamliner.
Saab and Boeing work closely together. Both companies are jointly developing the T-7A Red Hawk jet trainer, which will replace the USAF's outdated Northrop T-38 next year (Link). The Swedes produce the tail of the aircraft in the new Saab factory in West Lafayette, Indiana.
The components for the 787 Dreamliner, however, are manufactured in Sweden. The traditional Saab Linköping factory is responsible for the production of the door systems.
With images from Saab AB