McStarlite wins A350 supply deal from Airbus

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Airbus has tapped sheet metal company McStarlite to manufacture inlet lipskins for the A350 XWB programme.

Lipskins, also known as engine nacelle leading edges, are the "donut" shaped front part of an aircraft engine.

The six-year contract is valued at $10 million, an Airbus spokeswoman says.

The A350 XWB pact is the latest contract between the airframer and McStarlite, which provides leading edge nacelle skins for the A380.

The Harbor City, California-based firm has also provided leading edge nacelle skins for A340-500 and A340-600 programmes, and sheet metal components on the A318, A320, A321 and A330.