First Landing of the Airbus A380 in Montréal



    More than 25 Québec Companies have collaborated on the world's largest
    commercial airplane.

    MONTREAL, Nov. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Aéro Montréal, the aerospace cluster of
metropolitan Montréal, and the Québec Aerospace Association (AQA) are
delighted with the arrival today of the Airbus A380 at Montréal-Trudeau
Airport.
    "The Airbus A380 program is an impressive example of an international
program, that is a showcase of the unique contributions and industrial
capabilities of Québec Aerospace companies," said Mr. Jacques St-Laurent,
chairman of the board of directors of Aéro Montréal and president of Bell
Helicopter Textron Canada.
    More than twenty five Québec suppliers have participated on the Airbus
A380 program -offering state of the art products and technologies, which range
from flight simulators to landing gears, telecommunication systems, auxiliary
power systems and composite panels, to a number of services related to the
aerospace sector.
    "The list of Québec companies linked to the Airbus A380 success is
impressive. It speaks volumes about the innovative capabilities of our Québec
Aerospace industry," mentioned Ms. Suzanne M. Benoît, chief executive officer
of Aéro Montréal.
    "We are extremely proud of our Québec SMEs who participated in this
magnificent achievement in the aerospace world. Proof again, that they are
among the best world wide," stated Mr. Jacques Saada, President and CEO of the
AQA.

    Aéro Montréal is a public-private partnership comprised of aerospace
companies, educational and research institutions, associations, and unions of
the Québec aerospace sector. Its mission is to coordinate the creation of an
environment conducive to increasing productivity and accelerating the growth
of the sector so that it can become an even greater source of wealth for
Greater Montréal, Québec and Canada.

    Created in 1997, the Québec Aerospace Association's mission is to
identify and assess issues related to the aerospace and aeronautical industry,
and respond in the best interests of its members. The AQA pursues three
objectives to fulfill its mission, namely to develop relations with prime
contractors, enhance relations among aerospace SMEs in Québec, and increase
the business representation of Québec aerospace SMEs in the domestic and
international arenas.




For further information:

For further information: Pierrette Daigle, Aéro Montréal, (514)
987-9332; Goldie Tang, Manager, Innovation and Technologies, AQA, (514)
596-2388; Sources: Aéro Montréal and the Québec Aerospace Association


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