By Ahmad Lala
Al Ain-based Strata is set to manufacture composite ribs for the 777 and 787 range of aircraft
Strata, an aerostructures manufacturing firm owned by Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Aerospace, is set to produce vertical ribs parts for Boeing’s 777 and 787 aircraft, the US planemaker's leading regional executive has confirmed.
Jeffery Johnson, president of Boeing Middle East, told Arabian Business' sister website Aviation Business the US planemaker was in the process of getting the Al Ain-based company qualified to produce the composite ribs as soon as this year.
“We’re working on getting them qualified. In fact, they will be building qualified production parts this year,” Johnson was quoted as saying.
“The next step will be building 777 vertical ribs. And then we’ve got a whole road map for them to then assemble and manufacture the entire 787 vertical fin in Al Ain.”
Boeing has an order of nearly 1,000 Dreamliners to fulfil, including 70 from Etihad and 30 from Qatar Airways.
The company has built 155 Dreamliners as of late January.
Meanwhile, at the Dubai Airshow in November last year, Boeing announced that it would be working with Tawazun Precision Industries to establish a production aerospace surface treatment facility in the United Arab Emirates. Johnson confirmed the Tawazun-plan was on track for 2016.
“We’re working with Tawazun on a coding capability around metals, like anadosing and treatments, so that they don’t have to go offshore to get their metal parts treated,” he said.
“So they ultimately could source to other aerospace industries n the UAE, and then we could source both metals and composite from the UAE as well.”