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Boeing receives first advanced composites from Strata Manufacturing

News International-French

20 May 2014

Composite ribs from Strata Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development Company, have been installed in an Emirates 777 airplane.

Strata, based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, delivered its first shipset of 777 composite ribs to Boeing Fabrication facilities in Washington state earlier this year. These structural components were installed in the vertical fin and horizontal stabilizers for a 777-300ER (Extended Range) that will be delivered to Emirates Airline this year.

Boeing and Mubadala signed a framework agreement in 2009 to develop mutually beneficial initiatives in areas of strategic alignment, including composites manufacturing. In 2011, the companies said Strata would become a major Tier 1 supplier to Boeing and later announced that Strata would supply 777 ribs, 787 Dreamliner vertical fin ribs and the 787 vertical fin. At the 2013 Dubai Airshow, the two companies announced that Mubadala would have the opportunity to supply as much as $2.5 billion in advanced composites and machined metals to Boeing commercial programs, including the 777X and 787.

Boeing’s twin-aisle products are the cornerstones of airline fleets in the UAE. Since 2004, Etihad Airways has ordered 18 777-300ER (Extended Range), 4 777 Freighters, 41 787-9, 30 787-10 and 25 777X airplanes. Emirates Airline has the world’s largest 777 fleet, with 130 orders since 1991, and in November 2013 announced it intends to purchase 150 777X airplanes.

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