Airbus selected Diehl Stiftung & Co. and Thales as the preferred bidder for its Laupheim site (ATWOnline, May 15). Airbus and Diehl/Thales will enter into negotiations toward arriving at a final sales agreement. Thales and Diehl already are partnered in Diehl Aerospace, an aircraft component and systems supplier formed in 2000. Diehl holds 51% of that venture and Thales 49%. The selection "also includes A350 XWB cabin work-packages for Laupheim," according to Airbus. The Laupheim plant ...

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