Tokyo: Boeing Co. said on Thursday that it has recruited Japanese companies including Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd to build 21% of its latest plane, the 777X.

The companies will build fuselage sections, bulkheads, landing gear and centre wing sections, among others, Boeing said.

Japanese firms have been key partners in Boeing’s civil aviation business and have also accounted for 21% of the 777 which has been fabricated since 1995.

Still, the share is lower than the 35% of the carbon fibre 787 Dreamliner built in Japan, including the wings. The 777X’s wings will be made in the US. Reuters

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