Goodrich has been awarded a contract extension to continue to maintain and overhaul the wheels and brakes of easyJet’s Airbus A320-family fleet. Meanwhile, the U.S. equipment manufacturer also revealed that it has demonstrated the performance of its carbon brakes on U.S. Air Force’s C-130s, for which retrofits have already started.
United Technologies, the parent company of engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada and helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky, reached an agreement yesterday to purchase Goodrich for $18.4 billion. The announcement followed speculation over the prior week that United Technologies was looking to acquire Goodrich, Rockwell Collins or Cessna Aircraft parent company Textron.
Goodrich, having acquired aviation cabin completion components provider DeCrane late last summer, has completed the rebranding of the various former DeCrane entities as Goodrich Interiors.
Aftermarket service and support provider Southwind Aviation has been named an authorized service center by Goodrich Engine Control and Electrical Power Systems for various DC power generation and distribution systems products.
Goodrich is introducing its new cockpit data management solution (CDMS) portfolio at the Paris show (see Goodrich Pavilion & Aerocafé, B337), including its SmartDisplay electronic flight bag with wireless network capability. As well as the CDMS, Goodrich’s 2009 product display includes an electric brake, a helicopter rotating drive shaft and the DB-110 reconnaissance pod.
In a move that will create one of the largest aerospace lighting businesses, Goodrich has entered into an agreement with Germany’s Hella KG Hueck & Co. to purchase a 95-percent stake in Hella Aerospace, one of the largest manufacturers of aerospace lighting systems in the world, according to Goodrich officials.
Goodrich Corp. has won a contract to supply wheels and brakes for Etihad Airways’ fleet of new Boeing 777-300ERs. Abu-Dhabi-based Etihad, which bills itself as the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, placed an order for five of the airplanes late last year. It plans to take the first airplane on January 6.