Rockwell Collins Recognized as Top 10 Supplier for Airbus
Cedar Rapids-Based Company Recognized for Outstanding
Customer Support by Airlines, Airline Manufacturer
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. For more press releases, as well as extensive information on Airbus and its aircraft go to http://www.airbus.com
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