This is Boeing's first direct composites supplier contract in the Arab world. Strata, based in Al Ain, will manufacture empennage ribs for the 777 and vertical fin ribs for the 787 Dreamliner.

Boeing has already begun to provide tooling, operational early training and other support for these work packages. Strata's deliveries of these components are scheduled to begin in 2013.

Based on its competitiveness and performance, Strata is also positioned to become a future supplier of the 787 vertical fin assembly.

The UAE aerospace industry

Strata is at the heart of Mubadala Aerospace's aim to develop a world-class aerospace industry in the UAE.

Mubadala Aerospace is a business unit of the Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company, a business development and investment vehicle of the Abu Dhabi government, to advance the commercial aviation industry in the UAE and further Abu Dhabi's plans to become a global aerospace hub.

"The UAE is one of Boeing's most important commercial and defence customers, and its leaders have transformed its economy with aerospace investment and development," says Jim Albaugh, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"Boeing has been committed for several years to build a partnership with Mubadala Aerospace that brings long-term, mutual benefits to both companies. And we're pleased that its company, Strata, will now support production of the breakthrough 787 Dreamliner and the 777, an airplane that already plays an essential role in the success of our customers."