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

Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:00pm EDT

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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 CFM56-5A engines 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.



SOURCE  UTC Aerospace Systems

Patrick Palmer +1 619-691-2221, patrick.palmer@utas.utc.com or Andrew Martin, +1
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