March 20 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd
plans to build a new factory for parts of Boeing Co's
777 jetliner in Hiroshima by March 2014, the Nikkei
Mitsubishi Heavy, which makes the 777's aft fuselage, will
invest about 8 billion yen ($84.3 million) to set up the plant
next to its existing one, the Japanese daily reported.
Boeing said earlier this month it increased annual
production capacity for the 777 jetliner to 100 units.
The wide-body 777 is one of the most successful jets of all
time in terms of sales, and Japanese firms manufacture about 21
percent of the aircraft's body.
Mitsubishi Heavy continues to make wings for the Boeing 787
Dreamliner, which is currently grounded because of batteries
Boeing said Friday the jets could be airborne within weeks
using a new battery system.
Mitsubishi Heavy also plans to expand its assembly plant for
Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Japan's first commercial aircraft in
half a century, the Nikkei said.