By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Strata CEO Ismail Abdulla said it could begin manufacturing small aircraft if a strong business case is identified
UAE-based Strata Manufacturing already has the capabilities to start manufacturing entire airplanes, but will not do so unless it sees a strong business case, according to CEO Ismail Abdulla.
The company – which is wholly owned by Mubadala – already works with several leading aircraft manufacturers including Airbus, Boeing, Leonardo and Pilatus.
Speaking to Arabian Business on the sidelines of the Dubai Airshow, Abdulla said the firm – which has 13 production lines up and running – has “the capability today to manufacture a small aircraft”.
“But where is the business case?” he added. “If you bring me the business case, I’ll do the aircraft.”
In July, Strata announced plans to expand its manufacturing facilities to take on the assembly of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner vertical fins.
The modifications to Strata’s existing facility at the Nibras Al Ain Aerospace Park - known as Strata Plus - follow an agreement signed by the two aircraft manufacturers at the Farnborough Airshow in 2016.
“This extension of Strata plus will host the largest production line that we have,” Abdulla said. “We should be starting manufacturing next year, with deliveries starting towards the end of next year.”
Looking to the future, Abdulla said that the company – which will increasingly rely on advanced technologies such as 3D printing – “will not only concentrate on aerostructures, but will move into material and engine parts”.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.