Chicago-based carrier Boeing (NYSE: BA) and African carrier Ethiopian Airlines said they have inked an agreement to double wire harness production at Ethiopian Airlines´ wire harness facility.
The facility, based in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, opened in 2009 and currently supplies seat-to-seat wire harnesses for all Boeing commercial airplane programmes.
Following the announcement Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines said they will place additional work at the facility, which will double its output by the end of 2014. With support from Boeing, Ethiopian will manufacture more varied and complex wire harnesses, expanding its value as an aerospace supplier.
The agreement was signed at The Corporate Council on Africa´s 9th Biennial U.S.-Africa Business Summit in Chicago, designed to develop closer business relationships between African and US industries.
Boeing said that the increased output in Addis Ababa has been made possible by the facility´s ability to consistently deliver high-quality products.
In 2012, Ethiopian Airlines´ facility was recognised by Boeing for its outstanding performance and awarded a gold rating in Boeing´s Performance Excellence Awards the highest rating a Boeing supplier can achieve.
Find out more at www.boeing.com and www.ethiopianairlines.com.