Tokyo, December 5, 2011 - Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today shipped components for the 10,000th Boeing 777: the aft fuselage from its Hiroshima Machinery Works, and the tail fuselage and entry doors from its Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works. MHI has achieved this milestone in a span of 18 years since delivery of the first component for the 777 in 1993, and in seven years since shipment for the 500th unit in September 2004 - a track record that indicates the company's sustained high production rate responding to the enormous popularity of the 777.
Boeing has already begun assembling the 1,000th 777 at its plant in Everett, Washington. The airplane will be delivered to Dubai-based Emirates Airline in March 2012. Emirates is the largest customer for the 777, and Boeing's 1,000th unit will be the airline's 102nd delivery.
In developing the 777, Boeing was highly attentive in incorporating airline companies' opinions and requests into the plane's design. Development was carried out under an international collaboration scheme: besides MHI, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Fuji Heavy Industries have participated in the project as risk-sharing partners. Together the three Japanese companies contribute a 21% share of the airplane body, with MHI responsible for approximately 50% of the combined Japanese contribution.
On the back of this partnership, Boeing and MHI, as leading companies in the global aerospace industry, will continue to work together to provide the finest products, services and solutions the world requires.
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