x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 January 2018

Al Ain aerospace firm clinches Boeing deal

Strata of Al Ain has picked up its first manufacturing contract with Boeing to produce spoilers for the 787 Dreamliner.

Strata, the Al Ain aerospace manufacturer, has gained a foothold in the US aerospace industry after finalising a deal to produce aircraft parts for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The firm, a subsidiary of Mubadala Development, has been sub-contracted to produce spoilers, which are wing flaps that reduce lift and help aircraft in controlled descents, for Boeing's latest commercial airplane.

The 787 spoiler deal was negotiated through FACC, a major contractor of Boeing and Airbus based in Austria.

"Strata has completed negotiations with FACC for the Boeing 787 Spoiler, and this will commence in Strata in 2012," said Mubadala, a strategic investment firm owned by the Abu Dhabi Government.

Strata specializes in high-end composite materials, a major feature of the 787 Dreamliner. Boeing's latest aircraft is preparing to enter commercial service this year after three years of delays and includes Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways among its largest customers.

Strata, launched in 2008 to serve as a major catalyst to the emirate's growing aerospace industry, is in a major growth phase. This year it has already doubled its output on its first contract to produce aircraft flap track fairings for Airbus A330s and A340s, and is preparing to begin manufacturing on another five contracts for Airbus and other European aircraft makers.