GE Aviation and Safran Launch Advanced Technology Demonstration Program for Sustainable Engines; Extend CFM Partnership to 2050

PARIS, France - June 14, 2021 - GE Aviation and Safran today launched a bold technology development program targeting more than 20 percent lower fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to today's engines. The CFM RISE (Revolutionary Innovation for Sustainable Engines) program will demonstrate and mature a range of new, disruptive technologies for future engines that could enter service by the mid-2030s.

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Safran climbs to second place among patent applicants in France

Safran on the podium of patent applicants in France   

Safran consolidates its place on the podium of French bodies generating the largest number of patent applications. With 1,103 applications published in 2020 compared to 871 in 2019 – an increase of more than 26% – the Group moves into the No.2 position among companies filing patents in 2020 nationally. At regional level, Safran holds the top spot in Normandy and Nouvelle Aquitaine.


French aeronautical players to fly 100% alternative fuel on single-aisle aircraft end of 2021

Toulouse, Paris, 10 June 2021- Airbus, Safran, Dassault Aviation, ONERA and Ministry of Transport are jointly launching an in-flight study, at the end of 2021, to analyse the compatibility of unblended sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) with single-aisle aircraft and commercial aircraft engine and fuel systems, as well as with helicopter engines. This flight will be made with the support of the "Plan de relance aéronautique" (the French government‘s aviation recovery plan) managed by Jean Baptiste Djebbari, French Transport Minister.

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Safran is #1 applicant for patents in the French clean energies sector

Between 2010 and 2019, innovation grew at a faster pace in energy technologies than in fossil fuels. Europe is the world's most innovative region in terms of low-carbon energies, accounting on its own for 28% of patents issued in this sector between 2010 and 2019. The EPO and IEA's analysis was based on international patent families* (IPFs).

Open Innovation: participate in the Safran Challenge Link initiative!

On its new Challenge Link platform, Safran has launched a call for proposals organized by Group employees. Industrial and academic innovators (working for a company or a lab) are invited to submit solutions to detailed technical problems. Throughout the year, several challenges will be featured. Follow the adventure!


The EcoPulse™ hybrid aircraft demonstrator achieves its first key milestone with success

Incorporating a distributed propulsion configuration from Daher, Safran and Airbus, this shared hybrid aircraft project has the goal of helping to transform the aviation sector. EcoPulse™, which was unveiled at the 2019 Paris Air Show, is backed by the French government – with a reaffirmation of support coming in the framework of France's recovery plan presented last June.

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Boeing’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator takes flight

Boeing EcoDemonstrator 2020

As part of as their strategic partnership to advance sustainable aviation, Boeing and Etihad Airways tested technologies that focus on reducing emissions and noise as part of the 2020 ecoDemonstrator program. This program utilizes commercial aircraft to test technologies that can make aviation safer and more sustainable now and into the future.

Philippe Petitcolin talks about the future of aeronautics at the Aviation Summit

At Aviation Summit 2020, Andreas Scheuer, Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, invited his European Union counterparts to talk about the future of the aeronautics sector with representatives from the industry's leading firms, airlines, and airports.

Philippe Petitcolin, CEO of Safran, alongside the French Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, spoke at the round table on the environment.

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