Korean Air presents first prototype cargo door for Airbus A350 XWB to Eurocopter
This week Korean Air presented its first prototype of a cargo door to Eurocopter. Korean Air Aerospace Division acts as program partner and is responsible for three of the overall doors of the next generation Airbus A350 XWB.
The acceptance ceremony took place at the Busan Plant of Korean Air Aerospace Division and was accompanied by the responsible CEO Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, and Dr. Michael Rehmet, Vice President Airplane Doors Systems as well as Hang-Jin Cho, Executive Vice President and chief of Korean Air Aerospace Division.
Dr. Wolfgang Schoder, CEO Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH, stated during the acceptance ceremony in Seoul: “This is a significant success for our company. We are very proud to continue the long and successful relationship between Eurocopter and the Korean industry on aircraft doors and helicopters with this new project.”
On 13 July, Eurocopter signed a contract with Airbus on all aircraft doors (passenger, service and cargo doors) of the new A350 XWB long-haul airliner, which represents a further step in the process of generating synergies and applying expertise for composite production methods between helicopter manufacturing and the design of aircraft doors in general.
More than 150 Eurocopter engineers as well as 50 engineers and 80 Korean Air employees have been involved in the conceptual design, development and pre-production phases of this project. An estimated budget of nearly 1.5 billion euros has been set aside to cover the total expenditure on all door systems for the planned family of A350 XWB aircraft, including work subcontracted to Korean Air in South Korea.