As a key supplier for the U.S. aerospace sector, Safran provides solutions in the areas of aircraft equipment, propulsion and related services.
Every day, thousands of fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft around the world take to the skies equipped with highly reliable components designed and produced by Safran in the United States.
As an industry-leading supplier, Safran works directly with aircraft manufacturers in support of such jetliner programs as the Airbus A320, A340, A350 and A380; Boeing’s 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787; and the Dassault Aviation Falcon business jet series; along with a range of civil helicopters from Bell, Eurocopter, Sikorsky and others.
Safran’s expertise covers a number of aircraft components and systems – including landing gear, for which it is the industry-leader in terms of design, development, production and support. This activity is managed by Safran’s Messier-Bugatti-Dowty operating unit, which combines advanced engineering capabilities, proven expertise in systems integration and experience on all types of aircraft.
Through Messier-Bugatti-Dowty, Safran supports more than 24,000 aircraft making over 40,000 landings globally each day – leveraging a U.S. presence that includes a state-of-the-art production facility in Walton, Kentucky; a repair station in Miami, Florida; and offices in Sterling, Virginia and Seattle, Washington.
Safran’s aerospace capabilities also include advanced electrical wiring solutions for commercial airliners that span the entire system development cycle – from preliminary studies to production and operational support, as well as technical assistance and investigations. In the U.S., this wiring systems activity for civil aircraft is managed by Safran operating unit Labinal Power Systems – which supplies electrical connection systems for the full lines of Airbus and Boeing commercial jetliners, as well as equips the Lockheed Martin F-16, the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft from Bell and Boeing, the Sikorsky BLACK HAWK helicopter and others.
Labinal Power Systems comprises Labinal, a world leader in electrical wiring interconnection systems; Safran Power, a specialist in onboard power systems; and Aerosource, which provides MRO services for airborne electrical equipment. The operating unit also includes Safran Engineering Services and Technofan.
A benchmark in propulsion system development and production is the Cincinnati, Ohio-based CFM International joint venture of the Safran group’s Snecma and GE Aviation. CFM International’s product line of CFM56 jet engines power more than 8,000 aircraft worldwide, including Boeing 737s and Airbus A320 Family jetliners.
The same successful operating practices have been applied to Nexcelle, a joint venture of Safran’s Aircelle business unit and GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems. From its headquarters in Cincinnati, Nexcelle is developing integrated propulsion systems for jet engine applications, with its first two program wins on the COMAC C919 single-aisle jetliner with CFM International’s LEAP-1C, and the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business aircraft with GE’s Passport engine.
Safran also provides an extensive range of services in the United States that ensure commercial corporate aircraft continue to operate safely and at optimum performance levels.
North and South American operators are supported year-round with the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities of Messier-Bugatti-Dowty. The company’s customer support organization provides a full range of MRO services for landing systems and associated hydraulic equipment, with highly-customized solutions that help aircraft components maintain their value throughout the life-cycle.
In this capacity, Safran provides cost-effective repair solutions for an exhaustive range of aircraft – including rotary-wing platforms – tailored to meet the quality, cost and turn-time needs of a highly competitive market. This particular activity in the U.S. is handled at facilities located in Sterling, Virginia and Miami, Florida.
A new composites manufacturing facility commenced operations in Rochester, New Hampshire during 2013, further expanding Safran’s U.S. presence. Shared by Safran Aerospace Composites and Albany Engineered Composites, this 300,000-sq. ft. site produces three-dimensional (3D) woven composite aircraft engines parts.
Additional Safran offerings include high-technology engineering services for aeronautical and ground transportation, from technical assistance to full work packages; and support for ventilation equipment designed and manufactured by Safran group company Technofan.
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