Safran at the Paris Air Show

Paris, June 20, 2011

The Safran group is a major participant in the 49th Paris Air Show, the world's first and largest international trade show and exhibition dedicated to air and space, taking place from June 20 to 26, 2011 at the Le Bourget airport near Paris.

For the first time, Safran's three core businesses – Aerospace, Defence and Security – are grouped on a single exhibition stand spanning some 1,400 square meters/15,120 sq ft (Hall 2A-A232/B254), showcasing the Group's broad array of products, services and technologies. By grouping its different businesses in a single space under the same brand, Safran provides a clearer view of the full range of its operations and the cross-functional synergies at work.

Visitors will be able to see several exciting new Safran products this year, including a complete model of the new Leap engine and its necelle, made by Nexcelle. Also in the spotlight is the aileron electromechanical actuator (EMA), a world first. Group companies Snecma Propulsion Solide and Safran Matériaux Energétiques (SME), whose acquisition by Safran was finalized on April 5th, offer a joint presentation of their products and services on the Safran stand. The Defense section of the stand highlights the Sperwer and Patroller drones, along with the AASM, a new-generation smart guided air-to-ground weapon. In the Security sector, Safran focuses on its broad offering of products and services, from biometric identification to explosive detection systems, ensuring faster and safer passenger processing at borders.

Safran introduces a new Research & Technology space at this year's show, with a special focus on tomorrow's "more electric" aircraft. Visitors will get a close-up look at the new Electric Green Taxiing System, to be developed in partnership with American company Honeywell. In this system, electric motors are integrated in the wheels on the main landing gear, enabling aircraft to taxi on the ground without using their jet engines. This will be a revolutionary step forward, reducing a typical single-aisle jetliner's fuel consumption and emissions by up to 4%.

"The picture is very bright this year, both for the air show and for Safran," said Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and CEO of Safran. "In addition to showing our many exciting new products and Group-wide synergies, we also expect to announce major business wins."

Safran plans to hire 1,500 to 2,000 new employees in 2011, and organizes workshops, visits to the stand and lunches at the air show for potential recruits to give them a better idea of the Group's business sectors and its excellent career opportunities. Safran is also teaming up with the association Elles Bougent ("Women on the move"), welcoming 70 young women to introduce them to engineering and technical job opportunities, especially in the aerospace industry.

The latest news on the Safran group is available at a dedicated website: www.lebourget2011.com. It features new photos and videos daily of show highlights, along with Safran press releases, announcements and events.

You can also follow Group news on Twitter: @SAFRAN or www.twitter.com/#!/SAFRAN

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Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has more than 54,000 employees and generated sales of 10.8 billion euros in 2010. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.2 billion euros in 2010. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the CAC Large 60 index.

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Catherine Malek
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catherine.malek@safran.fr