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Salt Lake City — Exelis been selected by http://www.boeing.com/boeing/">Boeing to produce composite airframe substructures for the http://www.boeing.com/boeing/commercial/787family/index.page?">787 Dreamliner. Work will begin immediately at the Exelis composite design and manufacturing center in Salt Lake City.
“This award is a result of our performance and partnership with Boeing – a relationship that spans more than 40 years,” said Mike Blair, vice president and general manager of Exelis Aerostructures business.
Exelis already provides Boeing with composite storage tanks for the 737, 747, 767 and 777 models. The company recently received Boeing gold supplier status for its 100 percent quality and on-time delivery achievement.
Composite materials make up 50 percent of the primary structure of the 787 Dreamliner, which provides a significant weight savings from traditional metallic structures. The results are higher fuel efficiency, 20 percent less than similarly sized airplanes, and improved environmental performance. The 787-9 Dreamliner is planned to carry 250 to 290 passengers on routes of 8,000 to 8,500 nautical miles. The new 787-10, launched in June 2013 can carry 300-330 passengers up to 7,000 nautical miles.