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April 27, 2005

Alcoa Helps the Airbus A380 Make Its First Flight

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 2005--Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced that today's successful first flight of the Airbus A380 - the most significant commercial airliner to be introduced in the last 50 years - took with it more new Alcoa products and solutions than any other aircraft in Alcoa's 100+ years of aviation history.

Together, Airbus and Alcoa have made new horizons in air travel possible through engineering and collaborative problem solving. Alcoa's advanced metallic solutions for the A380 include:

-- new alloys that add strength and durability to wings and fuselage;

-- the largest, high-strength, fatigue-resistant upper and lower wing skins ever produced;

-- the largest, most damage-tolerant fuselage sheet ever made;

-- the largest ever wing spar and new landing gear forgings that will hold up under the pounding of a lifetime of takeoffs and landings;

-- new multi-material lockbolts for the assembly of the plane's center wing box.

Working together at the solutions level is what makes Alcoa "a partner, not a supplier" with Airbus, according to Airbus North America Chairman Allan McArtor. Airbus spent $6.9 billion with US suppliers last year, supporting more than 140,000 US jobs.

"Alcoa has been helping its aerospace customers soar since the Wright Brothers made their flight in Kitty Hawk," said Alcoa Aerospace and Commercial Transportation Group President William F. Christopher. "Alcoa is proud of the strategic partnership it has formed with Airbus, which has made Alcoa instrumental in the maiden flight of the A380. This historical moment in aerospace history highlights the depth and breadth of Alcoa's expanded aerospace product and technology portfolio, while showing that Alcoa solutions meet our customer's most demanding performance challenges."

Alcoa products touch the A380 in more than a million places and have set new standards in the performance of advanced aerospace aluminum, super alloys, and fastening systems. Products for the A380 are made at Alcoa's worldwide operating locations and are researched and developed at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh.

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 131,000 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