Saab and Boeing sign 787 Dreamliner agreement

An engineer works on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner cargo door.
Photo Credit: Saab

Saab, a renowned name in the aerospace industry, has recently inked an extension agreement with Boeing that see its continued involvement in 787 aircraft production.

This development centers around the manufacturing of large cargo doors, bulk cargo doors, and access doors for the widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The Background Story


The framework of this agreement is an extension of an already existing contract that was initially signed with Boeing back in 2004. At that time, Boeing was gearing up for its ambitious 787 Dreamliner program, and Saab became an integral part of this journey.

Fast forward to today, and this extension speaks volumes about the trust and partnership that has developed between Saab and Boeing.

Saab’s Role in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner Program


The Boeing 787 Dreamliner has soared to become one of the world’s best-selling widebody aircraft. Its success is not just about engineering and design but also about the collaborative efforts of companies like Saab.

With this contract extension, Saab reaffirms its commitment to being a proud partner in the ongoing success of the 787 program.

Boeing Flight Test & Evaluation, Boeing Field, Seattle, Flight Test, 787-10 Dreamliner, ZC001. Photo: Boeing

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Lars Tossman, the head of Saab’s business area Aeronautics, expressed his satisfaction with the renewed agreement, stating,

“It strengthens our good and long relationship with Boeing and enhances the cooperation we have, both on commercial aerostructures and the T-7A trainer on the defense side.”

Since the inception of the 787 Dreamliner program, Saab has been at the forefront, delivering over 1,100 shipsets for this remarkable aircraft.

These shipsets include crucial components like cargo doors, bulk cargo doors, and access doors – elements that are vital for the aircraft’s functionality and efficiency.

Saab’s Expertise in Aerostructures


Saab has a rich history of supplying major aerostructures for a diverse range of aircraft programs, both in the military and commercial sectors.

In line with the industry’s evolution, the doors manufactured for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will primarily consist of advanced composite materials.

This strategic choice not only enhances the aircraft’s performance but also reflects Saab’s commitment to innovation.

Advanced Composite Structures


These doors aren’t just ordinary components; they are something of an engineering marvel. Saab has incorporated a range of leading-edge systems into the doors’ composite structures.

The result is lightweight doors that are not only durable but also easy to install. This innovation aligns perfectly with Boeing’s vision for the Dreamliner – an aircraft that redefines efficiency and passenger experience.

About Saab


Saab is a leading defence and security company which designs, manufactures and maintains advanced systems in aeronautics, weapons, command and control, sensors and underwater systems.

Headquartered in Sweden, it has major operations all over the world and is part of the domestic defence capability of several nations.

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By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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