Al Ain-based manufacturer upgraded to 'tier one' status by European plane maker
A UAE-based aerostructures manufacturer said on Saturday it has been upgraded to "tier one" status to supply Airbus directly on key parts for the A330 aircraft.
Strata Manufacturing, the Al Ain facility wholly owned by Mubadala, have celebrated the delivery of their first four fully assembled Airbus A330 ailerons during a ceremony at Airbus' Bremen facility in Germany.
The company said the delivery marked a "significant turning point in Strata's relationship with Airbus".
Designed to control roll and facilitate turning, the ailerons will be mounted onto an A330 aircraft scheduled for delivery to Etihad Airways in May.
Strata said the installation of the ailerons would mark a first for the airline, whereby one of its aircraft will now operate with primary components manufactured within its home country of the UAE.
Badr Al Olama, CEO of Strata, said: "Our commitment and our growing partnership with Airbus is an accomplishment for Strata and Abu Dhabi.
"Strata's dedication to continuous improvement has been reaffirmed by our ability to manufacture complex and technologically advanced primary parts, and this further enhances our credibility in the industry, positioning us as a key contender on the next generation of aircraft."
James Hogan, Etihad Airways president and CEO, added: "Today is a tremendously proud occasion, and we are delighted to see key parts for our aircraft now being manufactured in the UAE.
"The UAE, and the emirate of Abu Dhabi in particular, are fast becoming an aviation manufacturing and maintenance centre of excellence, and we look forward to further demonstrating and promoting UAE technological and engineering achievements on our fleet and across our network."
In 2010, just months after completion of its facility, Strata began supplying Airbus with aileron panels and flap-track fairings and has been steadily building its capabilities to deliver more technically complex packages to its partners.
All A330 aircraft require four ailerons - an inboard and outboard aileron mounted onto each wing. Each aileron measures five metres in length, weighs about 85kg and is manufactured and assembled by technicians using over 400 parts.
Last year, Strata sent a group of technicians to Nantes, France for a five-month intensive training programme.
In December, Strata also delivered its first ATR Vertical Fin to the Italian aerospace company, Alenia Aermacchi.