Heroux-Devtek of Quebec, Canada, may be the third largest supplier of aircraft landing gear in the world, but it’s so tiny compared to the big two, United Technologies (its former Goodrich unit) and Safran (its Messier-Bugatti-Dowty unit), that many had never heard of them until last fall.
The big two have traditionally supplied all the landing gear for Airbus and Boeing. But last September Boeing awarded the 777X landing gear contract to Heroux-Devtek. That was widely seen as Boeing’s message to its incumbent suppliers: If you don’t give us the cost reductions demanded in the “Partnering for Success” program, you’re on Jim McNerney’s “no-fly” list.
Heroux-Devtek’s display at Farnborough ilustrates the size of the landing gear it has delivered heretofore:
But the 777X landing gear will be a vastly different scale. Below, compare the Messier-Bugatti-Dowty landing gear for the A350-900, which is 50 seats smaller than the forthcoming 777-9X.