This newsletter provides headlines, corporate appointments, key figures and business opportunities in the French aerospace sector. It is meant as a business tool between the UK industry and the aerospace team at the British Embassy in France, with the aim of channeling industry interest in pursuing new opportunities highlighted in the newsletter.
FRANCE AEROSPACE SECTOR NEWS
- AIRBUS BOARD TO SELECT NEW CEO BY END OF 2018
The Airbus Board of Directors has announced that they will be selecting the next Chief Executive of Airbus over the coming year, with an announcement at the end of 2018 and with the objective of submitting the choice to shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of shareholders in spring 2019. Last month, Guillaume Faury, former head of Airbus Helicopters, succeeded Fabrice Bregier as President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
- EASYJET & AIRBUS SIGN SKYWISE AGREEMENT
EasyJet has signed a five year agreement with Airbus to provide predictive maintenance services for its fleet. The Airbus Skywise data platform will enable EasyJet’s engineers to intervene early on the company's aircrafts, thereby preventing delays and cancellations. Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, highlighted that “easyJet is leading the industry in using data and artificial intelligence to improve our efficiency as well as in other parts of the airline where its use can reduce costs, improve customer satisfaction and increase revenue.”
- CFM OPENS NEW MRO FACILITY IN CHENGDU
Sichuan Services Aero Engine Maintenance Company (SSAMC), the joint venture between Air China and CFM International (CFM), has inaugurated a new 43,880 -square meter facility in Chengdu, expanding its maintenance, repair, and overhaul capability for CFM56 and LEAP engines to 300 engines per year. SSAMC was officially established as a 60/40 joint venture between Air China and CFM in 2010.
- CFM INKS DEAL WITH SPICEJET
Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet and CFM International announced a $12.5 billion deal to finalise the purchase of LEAP-1B engines to power a total of 155 Boeing 737 MAX aircrafts, along with spare engines to support the fleet. The airline also signed a 10-year Rate per Flight Hour agreement with CFM Services that covers LEAP-1B engines powering SpiceJet's 737 MAX aircrafts.
- SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES LAUNCHES NEW MRO SERVICE
Safran Helicopter Engines unveiled two new digital services during Heli-Expo to strengthen its MRO offering. e-Spares and Expert link were launched to provide customers with greater MRO support. e-Spares will allow customers to order new spare parts and tools online with Expert link providing remote assistance to connect to Safran experts.
- STELIA PRODUCES 3D PRINTED FUSELAGE PANEL
Stelia Aerospace, in co-operation with aluminium specialist Constellium, recently used additive technology to produce a metallic fuselage panel with integrated stiffeners. The company highlighted that the technology could be used to manufacture large structural parts in the future and reduce material waste, component weight and recurring manufacturing costs.
FRANCE CORPORATE APPOINTMENTS
Safran Aircraft Engines announced several appointments in its senior management team. François Bastin was been named VP Commercial Engines, replacing Cédric Goubet, who is now CEO of Safran Nacelles. Sébastien Imbourg will be replacing François Bastin as VP CFM Programsat Safran Aircraft Engines and Executive VP at CFM International.
The Department for International Trade will be present at the Hamburg AIX 2018 alongside ADS Group. The team from France will be represented at the show and is eager to foster engagement with key contacts from France, including Daher, Sabena Technics, Stelia Aerospace and a delegation of companies from the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region. Please reach out to Charly Gordon ahead of the show for additional information.
The Department for International Trade team in France will be working closely with the Bordeaux Aquitaine Aéronautique & Spatial (BAAS) ahead of the Bordeaux MRO Show (26/27 September) to maximise opportunities for UK attendees. The team will also host a reception with local aerospace contacts in Bordeaux. Please reach out to Catherine Cestari for additional information.
The ONERA, the French aeronautics, space and defense research lab, has launched a tender to acquire a hot isostatic press for their operations in the Paris region. The company must be able to deploy, set up and test the press. The deadline to respond is 23 April. Please note that French or English can be used to respond to this tender. For additional information please contact Catherine Cestari.
- CUERS PIERREFEU AERODROME
The Cuers Pierrefeu Aerodrome (Var) has launched tenders for industrial and chemical products for aerospace applications. The Aerodrome is looking for:
- Paints and varnishes,
- Cleaning products for steel parts and anti-rust products,
- Industrial and chemical products such as adhesives and resins,
- Adhesive prepregs for radomes,
- Consumables for radomes,
- Dismountable fasteners and screws.
The deadline to respond to the tenders is fixed on 18 April – please note that ISO 9001 certification or equivalent is required. French is the administrative language of this tender. If documents supplied are not in French, they must be accompanied by certified translations. For additional information please contact Catherine Cestari.
For additional information please contact:
Charly Gordon (email@example.com) – British Embassy Paris
Catherine Cestari (firstname.lastname@example.org) – British Consulate Bordeaux