[Avionics Today 11-17-2014] Boeing has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with composite supplier Toray Industries to expand its current contract for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to include the 777X wings. The long-term contract extension will take effect in 2015 once finalized.
|Rendering of the Boeing 777X aircraft. Photo: Boeing
The addition of the 777X to the current 787 contract represents a significant increase in the material provided to Boeing by Japanese company Toray, who will also collaborate to improve commercialization of composites in the aerospace market. Specifically, the companies will address increased consistency and performance of composites across the production system and a cost structure that is more competitive with metals.
Boeing and Toray have a history of enhancing composite parts, setting the stage for the launch of the 787, the world’s first largely composite commercial airplane in 2004, and hope to continue extending that development with the current contract.