Rockwell Collins Recognized as Top 10 Supplier for Airbus

Cedar Rapids-Based Company Recognized for Outstanding

Customer Support by Airlines, Airline Manufacturer

Jun 15, 2005, 01:00 ET from Airbus

    PARIS, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins 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. Rockwell Collins Avionics was
 one of four U.S.-based companies recognized by airlines for their product
 quality and support.
     The company, which has more than 15,000 employees worldwide, was
 recognized by customers for its support of its radio and navigation systems,
 control panels and Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance (TCAS) systems on
 many of Airbus' aircraft, including the A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321,
 A330 and the A340. The company will also produce the communication and
 navigation systems for the A380, the flagship of the 21st century.
     Kelly Ortberg, vice president and general manager of Air Transport Systems
 for Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems, accepted the award in Paris.
     "We are honored to be recognized as a top ten Airbus supplier," said
 Ortberg. "This award reflects the dedication of our employees to providing
 proven communication, navigation and surveillance solutions."
     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.
     "Rockwell Collins Air Transport Systems continuously invests in programs
 that consistently enhance customer service levels by offering creative
 solutions that address customer needs," said Allan McArtor, Chairman-Airbus
 North America. "Airbus operators benefit from Rockwell Collins' proactive
 support attitude and ongoing commitment to superior customer service. This
 rating shows that Rockwell's programs are recognized and appreciated, and more
 importantly, utilized by Airbus operators worldwide."
     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.
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