The European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announced today the addition of new Japanese partners for the A380 programme. Matsushita Avionics Systems (MAS), Koito Industries and JAMCO Corporation have all been selected as preferred suppliers of new technology equipment for the next-generation very large aircraft programme. Moreover, Sumitomo Precision Products (SPP) and JAMCO Corporation will supply structural assemblies for the A380.

Airbus’ President and CEO, Noel Forgeard, said, “We are honoured to welcome these fine companies in the A380 programme. With their contribution we can provide the most advanced technology for the world’s most advanced airliner programme currently launched in production.”

The addition of these three new partners brings to eighteen the total of Japanese companies collaborating in the A380. The estimated revenue of the Japanese suppliers in the A380 programme will rise to well over US $4.25 billion in the years to come.

The contribution of each company is as follows:

Matsushita Avionics Systems has been selected as preferred supplier of in-flight entertainment equipment for the A380. Development of the next generation eX2 system is underway at MAS’ Development Centre in Lake Forest, CA (USA) and production will be completed at Matsushita Electric Industrial`s Kadoma plant near Osaka (Japan). In 1988 MAS provided the first IFE system to Airbus – the then-most advanced MPES system for the A320 family.

Koito Industries has been selected as preferred supplier of A380 passenger seats. The design and production of the new seats is on-going at Koito Industries’ Yokohama plant (Kanagawa Prefecture). Koito Industries supplies passenger seats for all current models of Airbus aircraft.

Sumitomo Precision Products will be supplying the gear uplock spring strut assembly for the actuation system of the wing landing gear of the A380. The design is underway at SPP’s Amagasaki plant (Hyogo Prefecture) and production will be at Shiga plant near Kusatsu (Shiga Prefecture). Sumitomo Precision has been working in all Airbus programs since 1985.

JAMCO has been selected as preferred supplier of galley systems for the A380. JAMCOwillalso supply the A380 rear bay electronic rack assembly. JAMCO’s Tachikawa plant (Tokyo) is responsible for design, and serial production will take place at JAMCO’s Murakami plant (Niigata Prefecture). JAMCO is already working in the A380 upper floor beams and VTP center box stringers using its revolutionary advanced pultrusion (ADP) technology.

To date, eleven customers have announced firm orders and commitments for a total of 129 A380s. The 555-seater A380 will enter into service in early 2006.

Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS.