The aluminum used in Boeing’s new plane, the 737 MAX, is made of three different materials: carbon fiber, magnesium, and titanium.
It is lighter, stiffer, and stronger than its aluminum cousin, and it can withstand a higher temperature.
Aluminum also can be reused, and Boeing hopes to make that the new plane’s mainstay.
The 737 MAX is a carbon-fiber composite plane that can withstand temperatures as high as 5,600 degrees Fahrenheit.
But the carbon fiber is made from a blend of two materials: titanium and carbon.
The titanium in the composite has been found to be more brittle than carbon and more resistant to abrasion and cracking.
And carbon is the same material that forms the carbon fibers in the aluminum, making it an ideal material for building planes.
The other two materials that make up the composite are magnesium and titanium dioxide.
These two materials combine to form a stronger, stiff, and lighter plane than carbon fiber.
“We have to get this airplane out there, and I think we’re going to do that,” said Boeing’s Vice President for Manufacturing and Operations, David Anderson, on Monday.
“The more titanium and magnesium that are used together, the stronger it is going to be, and the better it will hold up in the harsh environments that the plane will be operating in.”
The carbon fiber composite plane will not be the only airplane in use in the 2020s.
Boeing has also developed its own carbon-free composite plane called the CST-100, which is lighter and more flexible than the MAX.
And Boeing plans to produce a carbon airplane for the first time this year, which could replace the MAX in a Boeing-designed plane.
The new plane could be a key part of Boeing’s push to transition away from fossil fuels, as it transitions to electric planes.