Japanese Firms To Supply Major 777X Components

Boeing has signed an agreement with the JAI consortium of Japanese companies, which includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries, and the Japan Aircraft Development Corporation to supply more than one-fifth of the major structural components for the 777X. Under the agreement the Japanese suppliers will be responsible for the fuselage sections; centre wing sections; pressure bulkheads; main landing gear wells; passenger, cargo and main landing gear doors; wing components; and wing-body fairings. Boeing already sources parts for existing aircraft, including the current 777, the 737NG and the 787 from Japan. Announcing the agreement, Boeing’s commercial airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner praised JAI’s members as “consistently high performers [that] deliver superior quality”.

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