Saab delivers first Mid & Outer Fixed Leading Edge for Airbus A380

Saab delivers first Mid & Outer Fixed Leading Edge for
Airbus A380

The first Mid & Outer Fixed Leading Edge for the Airbus A380 was
delivered to Airbus at a ceremony today in Linköping. With 31 meters
length, this is the largest single component that Saab has ever
manufactured.
The Airbus A380 will be the world's largest passenger aircraft, with
capacity for 555 passengers. Its maiden flight is slated for the early
2005, and deliveries to customers will begin in 2006.

"Saab has a long tradition as a skilled and trustworthy aircraft
manufacturer, and that has enabled us to participate in this project as
a risk sharing partner. The delivery of the first Mid & Outer Fixed
Leading Edge represents a major success, and is a step in the process of
making the manufacture and supply of structural components one of Saab's
core activities," says Åke Svensson, Vice President and General Manager
of Saab Aerospace and from July 14th, appointed to be CEO of Saab.

The development and production of the Mid & Outer Fixed Leading Edge at
Saab Commercial Programs, a business unit within Saab Aerospace, has
gone entirely according to schedule. Today there is around one hundred
A380-aircraft ordered and Saab will deliver Mid & Outer Fixed Leading
Edges to all A380 passenger and freight versions.

The Mid & Outer Fixed Leading Edge is now being shipped by long-haul
truck to Airbus in Broughton, Great Britain, where the entire wing will
be assembled. The wing will then be transported to Airbus in Toulouse,
France, where the entire aircraft will be assembled.

Saab has cooperated with Airbus since 1997, and has developed and is
producing components for the A340 - 500/600 and the A320. Cooperation
with respect to the A380 began with concept studies in 1997. Saab is
responsible for the development and production of the Mid & Outer Fixed
Leading Edge for the wing with support from the Swedish National Debt
office in this important industrial effort.

Saab is one of the world's leading high-technology companies with its
main operations focusing on defense, aviation and space. The group
covers a broad spectrum of competence and capability in systems
integration.

Pictures available at:
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For further information please contact:
Peter Larsson, Vice President Communications and
Public Affairs, Saab Aerospace
+46 13 180018, +46 734 180018
Heidi Wendt, Communications Manager, Saab Aerospace
+46 13 180017, +46 734 180017

Pictures and more information are available at www.saabaerospace.com

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