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* Mobile Regional Airport facility will provide training, logistics and maintenance for CN-235 patrol aircraft operated by the U.S. Coast Guard

Mobile, Alabama, 17 January 2005

EADS North America underscored its commitment to U.S. industrial investment and expansion with an official cornerstone ceremony today at its new EADS CASA North America aircraft support center headquarters, which is being built adjacent to Alabama’s Mobile Regional Airport.

Welcoming EADS North America to Mobile were Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, Governor Bob Riley, Congressman Jo Bonner and Mobile Mayor Michael Dow, who were joined by personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard and members of the Mobile Chamber of Commerce, City Council and Mobile Airport Authority.

“Mobile is a superb location for EADS North America to establish the new EADS CASA North America facility,” said Ralph D. Crosby, Jr., Chairman and CEO, EADS North America. “The area offers all of the resources and attributes that are important for business success: an excellent workforce, a strong university system and a pro-business environment. We learned from the outset what our Coast Guard customers already know – Mobile is a great community. We come to Mobile to grow, to be part of the industrial community, to provide quality products and services to our customers and to create good jobs for Alabama.”

EADS CASA is making an initial investment of $1 million to build the new aircraft facility, which is to be completed in spring 2005. The 13,000 square-foot center will initially employ 30 persons, and will support the Coast Guard in transitioning the EADS CASA CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft into active service, provide computer-based training to Coast Guard aircrews and support personnel, and serve as the primary spare parts depot and service center for EADS CASA aircraft operating in North America.

One of the center’s major activities will be supporting the CN-235 aircraft that are being acquired for U.S. Coast Guard maritime patrol missions. These aircraft will become an important element of the Coast Guard’s Deepwater program, which is part of America’s reinforced homeland security. The location of EADS CASA North America's facility at Mobile Regional Airport places it near the U.S. Coast Guard Air Training Center (ATC), where the service’s pilots will be qualified to fly the CN-235 aircraft.

Senator Richard Shelby remarked: “I am pleased that EADS North America has chosen to invest in Alabama by relocating the CASA Aircraft headquarters to Mobile. This investment and the jobs that will follow reconfirms that Mobile and the Gulf Coast offer a unique location for a strong, qualified and capable workforce. Indeed, our country’s security will be substantially improved as the CN-235 moves into the U.S. Coast Guard fleet.”

“EADS CASA's expansion drives home the fact that Alabama's economy is on the right track," Governor Bob Riley said during the cornerstone dedication. "More than 500 companies have either located in Alabama or expanded their operations here during the past two years. These companies come to our state because they know Alabamians have a work ethic that is second to none."

Congressman Jo Bonner, commenting on the new facility, said, “EADS North America could have looked at any number of sites across the country for the development of this aircraft support center. The company’s decision to locate here indicates a recognition of the great qualities of Mobile and the dedication of its citizens.”

The EADS CASA North America aircraft support center headquarters at Mobile Regional Airport initially will include 5,000 sq. ft. of office space and 8,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space.

Future expansion of the Mobile facility is possible as EADS CASA North America further develops its U.S. business base. EADS CASA North America is offering the C-295 transport aircraft for the U.S. Army’s FCA (Future Cargo Aircraft) mission requirement. An 18,000 sq. ft. hangar facility could be added as an aircraft delivery center for C-295s should this aircraft be selected for military transport duties.

“The new aircraft support center is an important element in EADS CASA North America’s strategic plan to enlarge our business profile in the U.S.,” said Josian Morales, President and CEO of EADS CASA North America. “We look forward to expanding our presence in the great state of Alabama.”

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About EADS CASA North America

EADS CASA North America, a U.S. corporation, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EADS North America and the representative organization of EADS CASA in Spain. The company offers a complete range of military transport aircraft, including mission aircraft: from the heavy lifter A400M now under development to the reliable and worldwide known C-295, CN-235 and C-212. EADS CASA supports customers who operate more than 700 C-212s, CN 235s and C-295 military transport aircraft in 50 countries.

About EADS North America (
EADS North America is the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $6 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 100,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 12 operating companies located in 39 cities and 21 states, EADS offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets. In 2003, EADS generated revenues of 30.1 billion euros and employed a workforce of approximately 109,000. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus and the world's largest helicopter supplier, Eurocopter.

EADS North America Subsidiaries: EADS North America Defense Company, Arlington, VA; ARC Information Assurance Institute, San Antonio, TX; American Eurocopter LLC, Grand Prairie, TX; EADS Aeroframe Services, LLC, Lake Charles, LA; EADS CASA North America, Chantilly, VA; Socata Aircraft, Inc., Pembroke Pines, FL; EADS Sogerma Barfield, Inc., Miami, FL; Fairchild Controls Corporation, Frederick, MD; Racal Instruments, Irvine, CA; EADS Supply & Services, Rockville, MD; EADS TELECOM North America, Frisco, TX; TYX, Reston, VA.

For more information about EADS North America,
Guy Hicks, Vice President – Communications
EADS North America
Tel.: 703 236-3300

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