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Partly made in Sweden It caused a lot of attention as a Lufthansa Airbus A380 paid a mid-September visit to Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The A380 is not in scheduled traffic at Stockholm and this first ever A380-flight to Arlanda was part of Lufthansa's A380 demonstration and flight crew training program.

As some vital parts of the gigantic aircraft are made in Sweden, the two associations Swedish Aerospace Industries and Swedish Aviation took the opportunity and offered media representatives, flight spotters and other interested people a picnic close to the aircraft and spiced it with information on Swedish industries' involvement in the development and manufacturing of the A380.

SAAB Commercial Aeronautics in Linköping has developed and manufactures the wing spars for the mid and outer fixed leading edge to the A380. The company has cooperated with Airbus since 1997 and also manufactures ailerons, engine mounts, landing gear doors and fuselage doors for several other Airbus aircraft types.

Volvo Aero is involved in both of the two engine alternatives that can power the Airbus 380. The company is a program partner in the Rolls-Royce Trent 900 engine and is supplying components to the competing GP7000 engine. Production of the Trent 900 and GP7000 is expected to extend over at least 20 years and in total, Volvo Aero is expected to sell engine components to the A380 for at least SEK 11 billion.

CTT Systems in Nyköping has supplied its cabin humidification system Cair™ for the first class section in Lufthansa's A380. The system increases passenger comfort considerably by raising the cabin humidity to around 25% relative humidity compared to the 5-10% otherwise prevailing in an aircraft cabin.

The Swedish aviation and space industries employ some 12.000 people and generate a turnover of appr. SEK 22 billion per year, excluding subcontracted suppliers. The intensity of the industries' research and development is extensive and has a 15% share of the turnover. The industries are regarded as vital contributors to the Swedish innovation system by generating new technologies and the formation of new Swedish high tech companies.