The International Industrial Cooperation program of Irkut Corporation aims at integrating its activity with international aircraft manufacturing business for mutually beneficial cooperation with leading foreign companies.
Irkut Corporation signed contracts with Airbus S. A.S. and EADS (now Airbus) in December 2004 for supplying components for the А320 aircraft family.
Within these contracts, Irkutsk Aviation Plant, an affiliate of Irkut Corporation has been manufacturing the nose landing gear bay, keel beam and flap track.
On average, every third aircraft of the A320 family is equipped with components manufactured at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant (IAP).
Measures taken at the IAP to ensure compliance with the highest international quality levels are:
— the main production processes have been certified in compliance with Airbus and European aerospace standards;
— more than 2500 international and national standards, as well as Airbus Company’s corporate standards have been introduced;
— the IAP’s quality management system was certified in 2007 by Bureau Veritas, an independent certification agency, for compliance with international standard ISO 9001-2000 and international aerospace standard AS/EN/JISQ 9100 in civil aircraft designing, production, cooperation, after-sale support and technical support.
Irkut Corporation has become the first aircraft manufacturer in Russia to be granted the Certificate of Conformity with EN9100 standard.
The International Industrial Cooperation program has become a starting point for introduction of «lean production» methods. The IAP of the Irkut Corporation has successfully implemented a project to optimize production process with the help of Magna Steyr international engineering company.