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AIDC in Taiwan demos fuselage door for B747-8 plane.

Taipei, July 29, 2010 (CENS)--Taiwan's state-run aircraft maker Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. (AIDC) recently demonstrated its first pressure door locally produced for the B747-8 airplane at its headquarters in Taichung, central Taiwan, during which 12 AIDC staffers were commended for the high quality and on-time delivery.

Rick Mattern, Director, Structures Airplane Programs (Supplier Management), Commercial Airplanes, Boeing, participated in the ceremony and signed a Phase II supply agreement with AIDC.

From July this year, Y.K. Hsieh (AIDC chairman) said that the maker would begin delivering one pressure door per month, to rise to two monthly starting in 2012.

AIDC pointed out that its Phase I supply agreement for the B747-8 with Boeing started in 2006, estimated to generate production value of US$75 million for AIDC, who refused to disclose the order value in the Phase II agreement, but said the order would last at least five years till 2016.

To date, Boeing has won orders for 76 B747-8 freighters and 33 passenger planes. Currently, three B747-8 freighters are under test flights and the first passenger plane is being assembled.

AIDC's chairman Y.K. Hsieh pointed out that, to meet strong demand globally, Boeing began upgrading its B-747-400 into the B-747-8 freighter and passenger models to increase load capacity and cut operation cost.

The company's goal, according to the chairman, is to become Boeing's best supplier and partner in Asia.

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Title Annotation:Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.
Author:Liang, Quincy
Publication:The Taiwan Economic News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:9TAIW
Date:Jul 29, 2010
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