PARIS, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego-based Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems (HSAPS) has been recognized by airplane manufacturer Airbus as a top-10 supplier in the company's annual rankings. Airbus recognized its top ten systems suppliers during ceremonies at the Paris Air Show today, where Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems was one of four U.S.-based companies recognized by airlines for their product quality and support. More than 650 employees work in Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems' San Diego facility designing, manufacturing and supporting aircraft auxiliary power units (APU) for many of Airbus' aircraft, including the A318, A319, A320 and A321. In addition, HSAPS also employs 150 people at Revima APU, an APU overhaul and repair joint venture with EADS Sogerma in Caudebec-en- Caux, France. The company and sister United Technologies business unit Pratt & Whitney Canada will produce the APU for the A380, the flagship of the 21st century. An APU is a small generator used in aircraft to start the main engines and to provide electrical power to the aircraft while it is on the ground. Tim Morris, president of Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems, accepted the award in Paris on behalf of the company. "The people at Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems take pride in providing our customers with the best support possible," said Morris. "Breaking into the Airbus 'Top 10' has been our goal, and we are extremely proud to have accomplished this in 2004. Our internal ACE (Achieving Competitive Excellence) quality system aligned with Airbus' supplier management process was key to making this happen." Airbus analyzes customer feedback and supplier performance reports to develop the annual ranking. Supplier performance is measured by Airbus and its customer airlines, and results are defined by product and service performance, as well as cost management. This year, 40 suppliers were rated, and more than 80 airlines worldwide participated in the survey. "Hamilton Sundstrand Aerospace Power Systems offers customers innovative spares and repair support through programs such as power-by-the-hour, an APU Excellence Team program, and e-customer support, which allows operators to improve APU performance and reduce cost," said Allan McArtor, Chairman-Airbus North America. Each new Airbus order means new business for American companies. In 2004 alone, Airbus spent nearly $7 billion with suppliers in more than 40 U.S. states. Using a U.S. Department of Commerce model, that dollar amount translates into Airbus support of more than 140,000 American jobs. A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE Systems. Hamilton Sundstrand is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX), and is headquartered in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. For more press releases, as well as extensive information on Airbus and its aircraft go to http://www.airbus.com.