Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) have signed a collaboration agreement, Boeing said. The two parties are now set to try to reduce costs in MHI production of wings for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and study jointly advanced aerostructure technologies for future commercial aircraft.
"We are delighted to be enhancing the competitiveness of our commercial aircraft business with this agreement," said Shunichi Miyanaga, president and CEO of MHI. "We have built our partnership with Boeing over more than 40 years, collaborating on various aircraft programs including the 737, 747, 767, 777, 787 Dreamliner and state-of-the-art 777X and look forward to cooperating to explore future opportunities."
The 787 composite wings are manufactured by MHI at its factory in Nagoya, Japan. MHI also manufactures fuselage sections for the 767, 777 and 777X programs.