Boeing makes a deal with Dubai

Abu Dhabi state company will build rib supports for 777 and 787’s.

April 17, 2012   by The Canadian Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates: An Abu Dhabi state company says it has signed a deal with Boeing to build carbon composite components of the planemaker’s 777 and 787 jetliners, strengthening the Gulf emirate’s push to become an aerospace hub.

The 10-year deal with Mubadala Aerospace calls for the company’s Strata Manufacturing division to build ribs that support the two aircraft models’ frames at a plant in the city of Al Ain.

The work could be expanded to the more complicated production of vertical fin assemblies for the 787, Boeing’s much-hyped carbon fiber jet.

Chicago-based Boeing says the deal is its first composites supply deal with the Arab world. The deal’s financial details were not disclosed.


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