UTC Aerospace Systems celebrates 25 years of providing nacelles for the Airbus A320 family, looks ahead to the next 25

UTC Aerospace Systems celebrates 25 years of providing nacelles for the Airbus
                   A320 family, looks ahead to the next 25

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 27, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Aerospace Systems is
marking more than 25 years of providing nacelle systems to Airbus for its A320
family of single-aisle aircraft. The Aerostructures business headquartered in
Chula Vista, Calif. received its first contract to provide the complete
nacelle system for the CFM56-5Aengines built by CFM International in 1984. It
received another contract to provide the nacelle system for the V2500 engines
that power the A320 in 1985. The A320 airplane entered into service on March
28, 1988. Air France was the launch customer. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit
of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Since the beginning of the program, the Aerostructures business has made a
number of improvements to provide its Airbus customer with the highest level
of support for the A320 program. The company's facilities close to the Airbus
final assembly line in Toulouse, France have expanded multiple times. The main
plant that supports Airbus was further enhanced in 2009 with the addition of a
mixed-model moving assembly line to enable higher production rates and assure
optimal quality. The company set up a facility in Hamburg, Germany in 1992 to
support the A321, A319 and A318 final assembly lines there. In 2011, the
company opened a facility in Tianjin, China collocated with the Airbus A320
Final Assembly Line.

"We have now delivered more than 11,000 nacelles for the Airbus A320 family in
the past 25 years and we're extremely proud of our collaboration and
performance on the program," said UTC Aerospace Systems – Aerostructures
President Marc Duvall. "Our relationship with Airbus is an example of
companies working together. We have Aerostructures employees embedded at
Airbus final assembly locations to install engines and nacelles onto their
aircraft. Our on-time delivery performance on a daily basis is very high. It
is a textbook case of the kind of progress that can be made when we marry our
continuous improvement and lean expertise with relentless customer focus."

In 2011, Airbus selected UTC Aerospace Systems' Aerostructures business to
provide the nacelle system for the Pratt & Whitney PurePower® Geared Turbofan™
engines that will power the A320neo (new engine option). The Aerostructures
business is also the nacelle provider for the Airbus A350 XWB that is
scheduled to enter into service next year. Later this year, the company will
complete the expansion of its Toulouse assembly facility for the nacelle
system for the Trent XWB engine. The expansion will include a groundbreaking
volumetric robotic cell to aid in the assembly process for the A350 XWB
nacelle, the largest commercial nacelle that the Aerostructures business has
designed and built.

UTC Aerospace Systems also makes a wide range of additional systems for the
A320 family including; primary and secondary flight control actuation systems,
cabin crew seating, air data sensors, fuel measurement and management systems,
ice detection systems, security and surveillance systems, specialty heaters
and temperature sensors, electric power generation, ram air turbine emergency
power system, fire protection, pilot controls, cabin pressure control and
ventilation system, interior and exterior lighting, and wheels & brakes. The
company also provides, full authority digital engine control (FADEC)/EEC, main
fuel pump, and fuel splitter valve for the V2500 engine.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems
and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace
Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide
manufacturing and customer service facilities.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified
company providing high-technology products and services to the building and
aerospace industries.

www.utcaerospacesystems.com 



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