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A380 Cockpit Floor Panel Design-Build Awarded

26 January 2003

Airbus France awarded the design-build contract for the A380 cockpit floors, and two Electronic Equipment Bay floors, to M.C. Gill Corporation. Although M.C. Gill has long been supplying a full line of qualified products to Airbus operators, this marks the company’s first OEM contract for Airbus aircraft.

Raw stock floor panels will be produced for the A380 at the company’s El Monte, California headquarters then detailed at the M.C. Gill Europe facility in Bangor, N. Ireland. “M.C. Gill is known for its innovative research and design capabilities, and we put them to work by quickly responding to the Airbus requirement for a next generation floor panel that is strong, light and cost effective,” Irv Freund, VP Sales and Marketing explained.

“The super-jumbo A380 is an innovative aircraft and we are excited to be a part of the design-build team. M.C. Gill looks forward to the challenge of delivering an innovative, floor system that uses the design flexibility allowed by working with our own graphite skins materials on a Kevlar® honeycomb core,” Freund said.

The A380 will seat 555 passengers in a typical three-class layout, and is scheduled to enter service in 2006.