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December 9, 2004

Alcoa Extends its Global Supplier Relationship with Xian Aircraft of China

PITTSBURGH & XIAN, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 9, 2004--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that its Global Extruded and End Products business has received a multiyear contract from the largest aircraft maker in China Xian Aircraft Company (XAC) to provide aluminum extrusions for the tail section assembly of the Boeing 737, one of the best selling commercial aircraft in aviation history. The new contract extends Alcoa's supplier relationship with XAC. Alcoa has been a long term supplier of aluminum sheet and plate to Xian as well as aerospace fasteners.

XAC is a current supplier of aircraft components in support of the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group.

Alcoa will produce a total of 250,000 pounds of hard alloy aluminum extrusions a year at its Lafayette, Indiana, and Chandler, Arizona, facilities in the U.S. and at its Changwon Precision Extrusions plant in South Korea for shipment to XAC starting in 2005.

About Alcoa Global Extruded and End Products

Alcoa Global Extruded and End Products provides aluminum extrusions for customers in the aerospace, automotive, commercial transportation, and building and construction markets. It operates as a global integrated aluminum extrusion company with locations throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. It is a global one-stop-shop for all aluminum extrusion requirements.

About XAC

Xian Aircraft Company (XAC) is the largest aircraft manufacturer in China. General production in 2004 was over 4.6 billion RMB yuan. XAC entered the international aerospace market as a major aircraft component supplier in 1980, the same year it became a major supplier to Boeing Company of the U.S. XAC has successively manufactured and delivered many components for Boeing for several aircraft, including the B747, B737-300 and B737-700. Presently, XAC supplies the front access door for the Boeing B737-300 and various components for the B747. XAC's high-quality assurance system won ISO-9000 certification from the China regulatory agency and certificate of D1-9000a from Boeing.

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap(R) foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa(R) wheels, and Baco(R) household wraps. Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has 120,000 employees in 43 countries and has been a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average for 45 years and the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2001. More information can be found at