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May 9, 2006

Alcoa-SIE Cargo Conversions Selected to Appear on ''The Global Learning Series''

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. & BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 9, 2006--Alcoa-SIE Cargo Conversions (ASCC) announced today it has been invited on "The Global Learning Series" program dealing with understanding aviation, airing on public television stations throughout the United States this summer. Additionally, ASCC will be featured on several cable television stations throughout the United States, and on Voice of America programming internationally. "The Global Learning Series" will highlight ASCC's efforts in freighter conversions needed to meet the demands of the growing air cargo industry.

The ongoing economic globalization seen around the world continues to drive the need for more capacity and reliability in air freight services. "We are very excited about partnering with ASCC to educate both the business community and the public about important trends and emerging paradigms in aviation," explained John McGuire, Senior Producer for "The Global Learning Series."

"ASCC is proud to be a part of The Global Learning Series," explained Gary Batey, President of ASCC. "Underwriting and supporting 'The Global Learning Series' fits right in with Alcoa's values on the importance of education and community service. We look forward to working together to produce a story that will shed light on an industry that is critically important to commerce and prosperity in today's world, and specifically on the vital role that the conversion of passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft plays in that industry."

About "The Global Learning Series"

"The Global Learning Series" is education focused, issue-oriented and non-commercial, and is independently produced and distributed directly to public television stations around the country. "The Global Learning Series" strictly follows the standards and practices of public television, and is distributed freely to public television stations in all 50 states. "The Global Learning Series" program is not affiliated with PBS.

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About ASCC:

ASCC is a subsidiary of Alcoa, Inc. (NYSE:AA) chartered to provide innovative, value additive products to the air cargo industry. The ongoing economic globalization seen around the world continues to drive the need for more capacity and reliability in air freight services, while competitive pressures continue to require aircraft owners and operators to find more efficient means and methods of providing products and services at all steps in their sourcing and supply chains. Alcoa has been an active participant in the development of aircraft advancements for over a century, developing the first process for smelting aluminum in quantity and developing every structural aluminum alloy flying today while integrating new capabilities and approaches to enhance the value realized by its customers. This industry leading knowledge and experience goes into every ASCC product and service.

ASCC's unique combination of corporate strength, aerospace expertise, and long term vision for support of the cargo airline industry is providing operators and owners with value-added modifications, products, and services to help them remain competitive and profitable.