Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Aerospace has signed a 10-year contract with Boeing to produce composite aerostructures for 777 and 787 aircraft.
Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala's subsidiary, will manufacture the empennage ribs for the 777 and vertical fin ribs for the 787 at its facility in Al Ain under the agreement. As part of the deal, Strata could also become a supplier of the 787 vertical fin assembly.
"Boeing has been committed for several years to build a partnership with Mubadala Aerospace that brings long-term, mutual benefits to both companies. And we're pleased that its company, Strata, will now support production of the breakthrough 787 and the 777, an airplane that already plays an essential role in the success of our customers," says Jim Albaugh, president and chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
"This is an important milestone for Strata," adds Mubadala Aerospace executive director Homaid Al Shemmari. "Mubadala Aerospace is developing a world-class - and crucially - sustainable aerospace industry in the UAE [United Arab Emirates], and Strata is at the heart of this development."
Boeing has begun to provide tooling, operational early training and other production support to Strata. Deliveries of the components are scheduled to begin in 2013, said Boeing.
At the 2011 Dubai air show, Boeing and Mubadala signed an agreement to develop a roadmap for Strata to become a Tier 1 supplier for the US airframer.