Another major supplier to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner passenger jet has agreed to cost concessions as part of the Boeing’s “Partnering for Success” initiative.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, which makes the Dreamliner wing, agreed to reduce its cost of producing the wing, and to partner with Boeing on studying advanced aerostructure technologies for future airplanes.
“We are delighted to be enhancing the competitiveness of our commercial aircraft business with this agreement,” Shunichi Miyanaga, president and CEO of MHI, said in a Boeing news release on Monday. “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.”
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, although it “aims to enable sales by pursuing increased efficiency in MHI’s production system and its supply chain through lean production methods, automation and other activities,” Boeing said in the release.
MHI joins Wichita-based Spirit AeroSystems in Boeing’s Partnering for Success program, which aims to lower the cost of Boeing’s airplanes, thereby increasing its competitiveness in the commercial airliner market.
Spirit manufactures the composite forward fuselage of the Dreamliner — providing a fully furnished and equipped cockpit as well — at its South Oliver plant, where it produces 12 of them a month.
Boeing in September confirmed plans to increase the 787’s monthly production rate to 14 planes a month in 2019.