FHI celebrates 1000th Boeing 777 centre wing box

Mon, 05/12/2011

 

While Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) is best known for producing Subaru cars, it is also one of the biggest contractors outside North America to Boeing Commercial Airplanes and in this role has just supplied its 1000th centre wing box for the 777 wide body airliner.

FHI has a long association with Boeing and has participated in the 777 program since its developmental phase.

It is responsible for the development and manufacture of the centre wing box, the most vital part of the aircraft, connecting the main wings to fuselage, as well as the main landing gear door and the wing-to-body fairing.

The milestone was achieved 18 years and four months since the first shipment in July 1993.

Before shipping the 1000th set on November 25, FHI held a ceremony at its Handa assembly plant in Japan, where Boeing thanked FHI for its high quality products and prompt delivery.

Boeing is located in Seattle, Washington and headed by President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Albaugh.

The 777 began development in 1990 and can carry between 301 and 368 passengers. Freighter versions can carry 102 tons of cargo.

Boeing says the 1000th set will form part of a 777 for delivery to Emirates in March 2012.

FHI is also participating in development and manufacturing of the new generation Boeing 787 centre wing box. This aircraft has just entered commercial service with Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA).

 

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