August 4, 2008

Emirates Takes Delivery Of The First Of 58 Airbus A380s With Eaton Onboard

IRVINE, California, August 4, 2008 – Last week Emirates took delivery of their first Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. The first of a total of 58 Emirates platforms represents the largest single order for A380s in the world. The first aircraft will be put into service to carry passengers from Dubai to New York, making the first commercial A380 service to the UAE and United States. This will be followed with inaugural service to London and Sydney.

Eaton’s aerospace business is supplying the world’s first commercial aircraft 5,000-psi hydraulic power generation and fluid conveyance system for the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the A380. The application of a new higher-pressure standard for hydraulic power generation and fluid conveyance has allowed Airbus to achieve significant platform weight savings by reducing the diameter of the hydraulic fluid lines and the size of the components that operate the aircraft's primary and secondary flight controls, landing gear and utility systems. The higher-pressure technology application has resulted in reducing the overall weight of the aircraft by one metric ton.

Eaton is also supplying their Aeroquip® Rynglok tube fitting technology, specifically designed for higher-pressure hydraulic power generation and fluid conveyance systems. The all-metal lightweight titanium alloy construction and zero-leak component design make it an ideal standard fitting technology for the A380's overall hydraulic power generation and fluid conveyance system.

Emirates is scheduled to receive five A380s in the current financial year, which ends March 31, 2009, and take delivery of the remaining 53 platforms by June 2013. The first aircraft will be deployed on some of the carrier’s busiest routes including New York, London Heathrow (December), Sydney and Auckland (February 2009).

The cabin design of the aircraft will comprise three classes: a 14-seat First Class, 76-seat Business Class and a 399-seat Economy Class. It has also ordered two other versions of the jet including three-class, 517-seat medium range and 604-seat, two-class medium range.

In the aerospace industry, Eaton is a leading supplier of hydraulic, electro-hydraulic pump and generator products and integrated systems; engine and airframe fuel pumps; electric motors; aircraft door actuation, flight and flow controls; fluid, fuel and air delivery products and systems; nose wheel steering systems; integrated control systems; cockpit controls and displays; power and load management systems; pressure sensors, seals, and fluid health monitoring products and systems. Eaton serves commercial and military aviation, aerospace, military weapons, marine and off-road markets worldwide.

Eaton Corporation is a diversified power management company with 2007 sales of $13 billion. Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical systems for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 81,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit