Alcoa (NYSE:AA) today congratulated the employees of Boeing on reaching
an historic milestone in commercial aviation: the production of the 1000th
Boeing 777 airplane. The Boeing 777 was launched in October 1990 with an
order from United Airlines and since has become one of the most
successful programs in aviation history.
"We are proud to have been a part of the Boeing 777 program since its
inception through to this historic moment… and beyond," said Olivier
Jarrault, Group President Alcoa Engineered Products and Solutions and
leader of Alcoa's aerospace market team. "With a backlog of almost 400
planes – and many, many more orders likely to come for this successful
program – we look forward to continuing to deliver high-value solutions
that increase fuel efficiency and lower operating and maintenance costs.
"We will continue working with Boeing to innovate for current and next
variants within the program, including identifying applications across
multiple areas of the airplane where our newest aluminum lithium alloys
can increase fuel efficiency even further, while also lowering operating
costs and production risk," said Jarrault.
There are approximately three million parts in a Boeing 777 provided by
500 suppliers from around the world.