GKN Aerospace secures USD1m windshield contract with easyJet

Date: 4 October 2011
Source: http://www.gkn.com
Contract grows A320 transparencies market share - extends relationship with easyJet See GKN at MRO Europe, Hall 6, booth 355 GKN Aerospace has secured a contract with easyJet to provide replacement A320 series front windshields through to the end of 2014.

This agreement is expected to be worth over USD1m.

The GKN Aerospace A320 series front windshield exceeds industry performance benchmarks for cockpit transparencies and is proving to be the reliable, low-risk windshield of choice for A320 series operators worldwide. The proven design protects against moisture ingress, reducing the risk of delamination and electrical system failure that can lead to premature windshield removals and unscheduled aircraft downtime. Production for this contract will take place at the GKN Aerospace facility in Kings Norton, UK.

Mike Beck, President and CEO, Propulsion Systems & Special Products, GKN Aerospace comments: "Winning this contract extends our ever-growing A320 transparency market share and develops our established relationship with easyJet - who have the largest fleet of A320 series aircraft in Europe. The excellent reliability and enhanced in-service life our transparencies offer is a result of our proven proprietary coatings technology. This reduces the risk of aircraft downtime and flight cancellations, benefiting our customer, easyJet, and their passengers.”

GKN Aerospace already supplies easyJet with A320 series cockpit lateral windows. The company also supplies wing tip lenses and passenger cabin windows to A320 series operators worldwide.

Editor’s notes:

easyJet operates Europe's No. 1 air transport network with a leading presence on Europe's top 100 routes and at Europe's 50 largest airports. easyJet flies on more than 560 routes between 129 airports in 29 countries. More than 300 million Europeans live within one hour's drive of an easyJet airport, more than any other airline. The airline takes sustainability seriously. easyJet invests in the latest technology, operates efficiently and fills most of its seats which means that an easyJet passenger's carbon footprint is 22% less than a passenger on a traditional airline, flying the same aircraft on the same route.

GKN plc is a global engineering business serving the automotive, aerospace and land systems markets. It has operations in more than 30 countries, around 40,000 employees in subsidiaries and joint ventures and sales of GBP5.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2010. GKN plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN).

GKN Aerospace is the aerospace operation of GKN plc, serving a global customer base and operating in North and South America, Australia, the Asia Pacific and Europe. With sales of GBP1.5bn, the business is focused around three major product areas - aerostructures, propulsion systems and transparencies, plus a number of specialist products - electro-thermal ice protection, fuel and flotation systems, and bullet resistant glass. The business is equally split along military and civil lines with significant participation on all major aircraft programmes today. GKN Aerospace is a major supplier of complex composite structures; offers one of the most comprehensive capabilities in high performance metallics processing and is the world leading supplier of cockpit transparencies and passenger cabin windows.

For further information, please contact:

Sandra Fearon

Public Affairs Manager

GKN Aerospace

Tel: +44 (0)1983 283649

Mobile: +44 (0)7767 334804

Email: sandra.fearon@gknaerospace.com

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