Daily Memo: European Industry Continues Hydrogen Brainstorming

By Thierry Dubois Sep 09, 2021
The research and technology effort in Europe toward the use of hydrogen in commercial air transport is in full swing, but the readiness level varies depending on the industry segment. 
Emerging Technologies

Daily Memo: Insights On The Airbus Production Rates Discussion

By Jens Flottau Jul 30, 2021
There is skepticism in the aerospace supply chain about Airbus’ plans to massively expand single-aisle production over the coming years.
Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Daily Memo: CFM ‘Open Fan’ Project Confirms Airbus, Boeing Plans

By Thierry Dubois Jun 15, 2021
GE Aviation and Safran want to widen the field of possibilities as they have to meet the needs of two competing airframers—something CFM has consistently managed to do with one family of engines and customized versions.
Aircraft & Propulsion

CFM Unveils ‘Open Fan’ Demonstrator Plan For Next-Gen Engine

By Guy Norris Jun 14, 2021
CFM International joint venture partners GE Aviation and Safran have launched an aggressive technology development program to pave the way for a new generation of fuel-efficient unducted—or open fan—engines to enter service around the mid-2030s.

Wind Tunnel Tests Advance France’s EcoPulse Hybrid-Electric Testbed

By Graham Warwick Jun 11, 2021
The tests at Airbus UK in Filton, England, evaluated the complete assembly of the Safran electric engine, Airbus nacelle and DUC Helices propeller.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Boeing’s -5X Project A Must-Win For Engine OEMs

By Jens Flottau Mar 23, 2021
As Boeing is quietly beginning to work on what is now being called the -5X project—a small widebody aircraft derived from the new mid-market airplane (NMA) studies—things are getting serious for the three engine OEMs, too. 
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: Safran Weathering, Adapting To Crises

By Thierry Dubois Feb 25, 2021
The company, which specializes in engines, cabin interiors and other aircraft equipment, released remarkable financial results, given the gloomy economic situation for the air transport industry.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: New Safran CEO Faces Short-Term Challenges, Future-Defining Decisions

By Thierry Dubois Jan 19, 2021
Olivier Andries has to helm the super-Tier 1 manufacturer as it navigates a still-turbulent environment while longer term Safran will have to offer new concepts to decarbonize commercial aviation.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Daily Memo: French Supply Chain Sees Light At The End Of The Tunnel

By Thierry Dubois Nov 23, 2020
The promise the French industry made this past June to make its supply chain stronger is beginning to materialize.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Airbus, Safran CEOs Cry Foul Over Europe’s Travel Mess

By Thierry Dubois Nov 18, 2020
The heterogeneous health and safety requirements passengers face when trying to travel within Europe are badly hurting the entire commercial aviation industry, the CEOs of two major OEMs are saying.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Safran Targets 20% Engine Fuel-Efficiency Gain In 2035

By Thierry Dubois Oct 30, 2020
Safran’s research and technology engineers are studying ways to improve fuel efficiency by 20% for an engine that would enter into service in 2035, says CEO Philippe Petitcolin.
Air Transport

MTU, Safran Offer Cautious Optimism For Engine MRO

By Sean Broderick Oct 30, 2020
While powerplant suppliers Safran and MTU Aero Engines posted expected drops in aftermarket revenues for the last quarter, executives from each company highlighted several trends that support a cautiously optimistic outlook.
MRO Transatlantic

Daily Memo: Intermediate Version Of LEAP Not Needed, Safran CEO Says

By Thierry Dubois Sep 21, 2020
An intermediate engine between the current LEAP turbofan and one that would enter service in 2035 with slashed greenhouse gas emissions is not in the cards, according to Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin.
Aircraft & Propulsion

Onera Tests Gust Sensitivity Of Flying Whales’ Cargo Airship

By Graham Warwick Apr 17, 2020
French startup Flying Whales’ plans to produce large airships for commercial freight transport have taken a step forward with tests at French…
Aircraft & Propulsion

Paris, Berlin Issue Long-Awaited FCAS Demonstrator Contracts

By Tony Osborne Feb 13, 2020
The funding pays for the first 18 months of work—Phase 1A—to develop the demonstrators and mature new technologies.
Defense and Space

Safran Sells Base2 Systems Engineering Unit

By Michael Bruno Jan 06, 2020
Aerospace and defense Tier 1 giant Safran has sold off software and systems engineering unit Base2 Solutions.
Defense and Space

Safran’s Aneto Secures EASA Certification

By Tony Osborne Dec 13, 2019
The 2,500-shp Aneto 1K is the first member of Safran’s new family of engines for medium and heavy helicopters.
Defense and Space