Airbus extends Saab AB contract for A320-family ailerons

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Saab has secured an extended contract to provide ailerons for the lifetime of the Airbus A320-family programme, in a deal worth 701 million krona ($103 million) based on the manufacturer's current backlog.

The Swedish firm has delivered ailerons for the wings of A320-family jets since 2000. Its experience in the field led to numerous re-designs, including the introduction of carbon-fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) monolithic technologies.

"The renewed contract shows that we have been successful in our efforts of reducing production costs through innovative design and manufacturing processes in our previous deliveries," says Kjell Johnsson, senior vice-president, Saab Aerostructures.

In addition to providing ailerons for the Airbus A320-family of narrowbody aircraft, Saab provides Airbus with mid and outer fixed leading edges for the A380 super jumbo.