19 April 2012
19 April 2012
Boeing and Mubadala Aerospace have signed a 10-year direct contract for Strata Manufacturing, Mubadala Aerospace's advanced composite aerostructures facility in Al Ain, to produce commercial composite aerostructures for the 777 and 787 Dreamliner.
The companies also announced a strategic agreement that positions Strata to be a future supplier of the vertical fin for the Dreamliner, a major composite assembly for Boeing's most advanced airplane program.
"The UAE is one of Boeing's most important commercial and defence customers, and its leaders have transformed its economy with aerospace investment and development," said Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "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 Dreamliner and the 777, an airplane that already plays an essential role in the success of our customers."
"This is an important milestone for Strata," said Mubadala Aerospace Executive Director, Homaid Al Shemmari. "The signing of this agreement here at the Global Aerospace Summit in Abu Dhabi is testament to how far Strata has come as a company in the short 18 months it has been operational. Mubadala Aerospace is developing a world-class - and crucially - sustainable aerospace industry in the UAE and Strata is at the heart of this development."
Boeing explains that in the first direct composites supplier contract in the Arab world, Strata will manufacture empennage ribs for the 777 and vertical fin ribs for the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing has already begun to provide tooling, operational early training and other support for those work packages, and Strata's deliveries of those components are scheduled to begin in 2013. Boeing say Strata is positioned to become a future supplier of the 787 vertical fin assemblies.
In further news, Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) flew a 787 Dreamliner for the first time powered in part by sustainable biofuels.
"The 787 is the most environmentally progressive jetliner flying today, combining fuel efficiency and comfort with reduced carbon emissions," said Billy Glover, Commercial Airplanes Vice President of Environment and Aviation Policy.
The delivery flight between Boeing's Delivery Center in Everett, Washington, US, and Tokyo Haneda Airport is also the first ever transpacific biofuel flight.
"Our historic flight using sustainable biofuels across the Pacific Ocean highlights how innovative technology can be used to support our industry's goal of carbon-neutral growth beyond 2020," said Osamu Shinobe, ANA Senior Executive Vice President.
Made primarily from composite materials, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the first mid-size airplane capable of flying long-range routes and will allow airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by the traveling public.
Coriolis Composites has been selected by the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University (WSU), US, to provide a thermoplastics capable Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) system. Installation of this equipment will contribute to NIAR’s technology development efforts in the area of 3D thermoplastics automation and will allow NIAR to advance the state of the art in thermoplastics through collaborative projects with industry.
Boeing and Thermwood have employed additive manufacturing technology to produce a large, single-piece tool for the 777X programme. The project is demonstrating that additive manufacturing is ready to produce production quality tooling for the aerospace industry.
CRP USA will display solutions for the space industry manufactured in the Windform family of materials at Satellite Innovation 2018 at the Silicon Valley Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, US, on 9-11 October.