Today, Jihlavan delivers components for a number of domestic and international aircraft companies. Historically, it participated in producing aircraft that were developed in Czechoslovakia by companies like Aero Vodochody or Let Kunovice. A new chapter of the company and its further development has been opened by projects for Airbus, one of the two major aircraft manufacturers in the world.
Airbus A350 XWB is the latest and the most sophisticated aircraft made by Airbus. This twin-engine wide-body transport aircraft for long distances is the direct answer of Airbus to the Dreamliner project of its competitor Boeing.
It is manufactured from over 70% of advanced materials, of which 53% are carbon composites. That’s what makes it such a lightweight and efficient aircraft.
In its basic versions, the aircraft can transport between 270 and 350 passengers. The first aircraft were put into operation in 2015, and currently 44 end users use them in their fleets.
Jihlavan is engaged in the production of Airbus A350 XWB as a Tier-2 supplier of three hydraulic units, of which two are supplied by the company as single source.
Its involvement in the project was made possible thanks to new technology and investment in production, principally into the portfolio of special chemical processes (e.g. surface treatments and non-destructive tests).
The first deliveries of A350 folding strut actuators were made in 2010. The first prototypes of the A350 main and nose undercarriage door actuators were delivered back in October 2016. In both cases, these are long-term contracts for 6–8 years, with possible extensions.
This project is also large-scale from the perspective of total sales. When fully implemented (based on Airbus A350 production), the yearly volume will represent more than 100 million CZK.
At the beginning of 2017, Airbus had more than 800 confirmed orders for these new A350 aircraft.