TOKYO (June 4, 2003) — Bridgestone Corp. has won its first-ever contract to supply aircraft manufacturer Airbus S.A.S. with original equipment tires, for an upcoming "super jumbo."&Copy;
Under the contract, Bridgestone will supply tires for the Airbus A380, a 555-passenger, four-engine jumbo airliner, beginning in the fourth quarter of 2005 for commercial introduction in early 2006. The tires will be supplied from Bridgestone's aircraft tire plant in Kurume, Japan.