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Boeing contracts Fuji Heavy build new plant to make parts for 777X

source:transportweekly author: time:2014-04-23  

Parts for Boeing's next-generation 777X jets will be made in a new purpose-built plant by Japan's Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd due to open next year, Reuters reports.

The JPN10 billion (US$98 million) Fuji plant will be built near a factory that makes Fuji's Subaru cars in the Aichi Prefecture city of Handa, said Nekki business daily.

The new plant will make parts to connect the wing to the fuselage and is expected to be able to equip 100 aircraft a year, said the report. Boeing will continue make wings in the US in response to union pressure.

As with the 777 jets, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries are expected to build bodies for the 777X, the paper said. Japan's ANA Holdings in March ordered twenty 777X wide-body jets.

Boeing has traditionally held more than 80 per cent of Japan's commercial aviation market due largely to strong links with Japanese suppliers and political ties between Tokyo and Washington.

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