Tokyo, Japan – Japan’s Toray Industries has agreed to supply carbon fiber materials for Boeing’s new 777X jet and the Dreamliner in a 10-year deal worth more than $8.6 billion.
The deal calls for Toray to supply the material Boeing will use to build wings for the new jet, a large twin-engine passenger aircraft that’s set for delivery in 2020.
Boeing is building a plant in Washington state dedicated to making the 777X’s wings and Toray “has been selected for these main wings,” it said.
Last year, Toray said it would buy smaller U.S. rival Zoltek for about $584 million, on the back of rising demand for carbon fiber materials, which are lighter and stronger than steel and aluminium.
The news on Monday was partly in response to Boeing’s plan to ramp up production of the Dreamliner, Toray said.
Boeing has said it is planning to raise the number of 787 aircraft being produced every month from the current 10 planes to 12 per month in 2016 and 14 per month by the end of the decade.
Wichita, KS – Beechcraft Corporation has delivered the first of four Beechcraft King Air 350ER aircraft ordered by the Mexican Navy Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR).
In addition to the aircraft, Kansas-headquartered Beechcraft will support SEMAR with on-the-ground service, support and training through its Global Mission Support organization, the company said.
Rear Admiral Jose Marie Macedo, Director General of Naval Aviation Operations, visited company headquarters in Wichita, to accept delivery of the aircraft, which will be stationed at the naval base in Veracruz.
The remaining three aircraft will be delivered by the second quarter of 2015.
The company was a major exhibitor at the recent Farnsborough, UK Airshow, displaying its specially modified Beechcraft King Air 350ER.
The aircraft is operated out of Northern Europe and fitted with a mission package that supports search and rescue, fishery inspection, pollution monitoring and seaway/shipping lane surveillance missions.
The King Air 350ER was selected for these missions due to its high dash speeds, long endurance, high reliability and low operating cost.