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Mubadala to get Airbus A350, more A380 in new work packages

Strata already manufacture composite parts for the A330, A340 and A380

Gulf News

Dubai: Mubadala Development Company subsidiary Strata Manufacturing will make parts for the Airbus A350 and more complex parts for the A380 under a work packages agreement signed at the 2013 Dubai Airshow.

“We are planning on giving work on the A380, A350,” Habib Fekih, President of Airbus Group, Africa and Middle East, told Gulf News at the Dubai Airshow on Thursday.

Strata already manufactures composite parts for the A330, A340 and A380 but Mubadala has been pushing Airbus to allow its subsidiary to manufacture and supply more complex parts to the European plane maker. Airbus has previously said the plan was to have Strata manufacture composite parts for the A350 but has not disclosed when or even if it would be under the 2013 agreement.

Homaid Al Shemmari, Chief Executive Officer for Aerospace & Engineering Services at Mubadala, told Gulf News on Wednesday Mubadala and Airbus were close to reaching an agreement on the 2013 work packages but that there are still some details to be ironed out.

“We’re working on some really complex work packages,” he said on Wednesday.

Mubadala is also negotiating a similar work packages agreement with Boeing Co. for Strata to manufacture composite parts for the new 777x programme and more parts for the 787 Dreamliner. Strata already makes composite parts for the exiting 777 model and the 787.