Alestis Aerospace, member of the Hélice’s Business Action Council, has gone forward in the customer diversification process, since it has become a Boeing’s supplier. This shows how the Andalusian industry gets consolidated within the aerospace sector.
The Andalusian tier one, which has worked for EADS and Embraer so far, will develop for the American tractor two work packages based on the B787 Dreamliner. Precisely, the work package will involve the manufacturing of the structures (fairings) in carbon fiber for the fuselage and horizontal stabilizer (HTP). They will be carried out in the Sevillian factories of San Pablo and Aerópolis, which will be in charge of assembling and delivering the pieces. This is a milestone for the Andalusian aerospace cluster, since this company will be the first Spanish tier one to manufacture aerospace structures for Boeing without retailers. Alestis has been working so far for the North American manufacturer indirectly. “This is the first step to acquire more substantial work packages in the future”, assets Gaizca Grajalaes, Alestis’ CEO.
Alestis has also finished the assembly of the first sets for the A350XWB belly fairing in its Puerto Real Plant and has started to hand them over Airbus. These are the first sets manufactured in carbon fiber for the belly fairing of this new passenger aircraft. Its design and development has meant a technical Challenger for both professional technicians and professional engineers, since it is the very first time in the Airbus’ history that the belly fairing is manufactured in carbon fibre. The company has announced that the A350 section 19.1 or tailcone, also manufactured for Airbus, will be delivered in March.