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GE Aviation Delivers its First Production Wing Components for the Airbus A350 XWB

  GE Aviation Delivers its First Production Wing Components for the Airbus
  A350 XWB

           First A350 XWB is undergoing ground testing in Toulouse

Business Wire

HAMBLE-LE-RICE, United Kingdom -- March 7, 2013

GE Aviation, Hamble has achieved a major program milestone with the delivery
of its initial production wing fixed trailing edge components for the first
A350 XWB to fly – ‘MSN001’. The first A350 XWB-MSN001 is now structurally
complete and is currently undergoing ground testing in Toulouse.

GE Aviation delivers its first production wing components for the Airbus A350
XWB which is currently ...

GE Aviation delivers its first production wing components for the Airbus A350
XWB which is currently undergoing ground testing in Toulouse, France.
(Business Wire)

The A350 XWB wing fixed trailing edge package is the largest production
contract awarded in GE Aviation Hamble’s 75-year history, comprising more than
3,000 components that include structural composite panels and complex machined
assemblies. The A350 XWB has a total wingspan of more than 64 meters.

“This delivery start up results from major achievements at GE Aviation in
design and manufacturing – bringing together new tool sets, materials and
technologies, while also involving concurrent engineering with global
suppliers to obtain material and long-lead items in unprecedented timescales,”
said Steve Walters, executive product leader for GE Aviation’s aerostructures
and nacelle activities. “We have proved our capabilities and have created a
secure foundation to build on for the future.”

GE Aviation will provide the wing fixed trailing edge for all three A350 XWB
family members: the A350-800, -900 and -1000.

The company began its work on the wing components in October 2008, progressing
from a very basic conceptual design while enhancing its management to address
the project’s magnitude. In addition to increasing the scope of GE Aviation’s
own technical capabilities, the company involved a global design team that
included GE Aviation resources in Poland and India.

“During the program, GE Aviation, as risk-sharing partner, developed a close
working relationship with Airbus, as the aircraft manufacturer providing
advice, assistance and support that enabled us to meet this major delivery
milestone,” Walters added.

In addition to major investments already implemented at the Hamble-le-Rice
factory in Southampton, Hampshire for A350 XWB production, the site will see
further enhancements with the creation of a new composites facility dedicated
to this Airbus program.

GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider
of jet and turboprop engines, components, aerostructures, nacelles and
integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation
aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.
For more information, visit us at www.ge.com/aviation. Follow GE Aviation on
Twitter at http://twitter.com/GEAviation and YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/user/GEAviation.

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curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information,
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