Vought Marks 700th Delivery of Wing Components for Airbus A330/340 Aircraft

NASHVILLE, MAY 19, 2006 – Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. recently delivered the 700th unit of wing components to Airbus in the United Kingdom for the A330/340 family of commercial airplanes.

More than 600 employees here work on the Airbus A330/340 program. Vought builds the upper panel assemblies, mid and other leading edge assemblies, the center spar assembly and mid-rear spar for Airbus in the United Kingdom. In September, the Nashville site will deliver the 700th unit of A330/340 outer wing flaps and fairings to Airbus in Germany.

“Production milestones like this cause us to step back and reflect on the good work of our people,” said Neil Peace, Vought’s Airbus program manager. “The vast majority of our employees in Nashville support Airbus programs. We thank Airbus for that confidence in us as a supplier partner and look forward to growing our relationship with them.”

In 1988, the company became the first major U.S. supplier to Airbus with the award of wing components for the A330/A340. Initial deliveries began in 1990. The A330/A340 family of long-range aircraft offers a single basic airframe in several versions, with two or four engines, to achieve operating efficiencies.

Vought’s Nashville facility also supplies a variety of wing components for the Airbus A320. In 2004, the company celebrated its 500th A319/A320 Airbus wing component delivery and will deliver its 600th shipset for that aircraft program later this month.

Contour Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Vought, produces several machined parts for Airbus aircraft. Its facility in Brea, Calif., provides the A319/A320 stringers and the A330/A340 main landing gear ribs. The site in Everett, Wash., supplies wing landing fittings for the A319/A320 and A330/A340 families.

About Vought

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. (www.voughtaircraft.com) is one of the world’s largest independent suppliers of aerostructures. Headquartered in Dallas, the company designs and manufactures major airframe structures such as wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft. Vought has annual sales of $1.3 billion and more than 6,000 employees in seven U.S. locations.

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Lynne M. Warne
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