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


On July 23, Safran CEO Philippe Petitcolin accompanied the French Minister for Transport, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, to the Aviation Summit organized by the German government. Air industry representatives and ministers of transport from European Union member states discussed the future of European aviation and the prospects for exiting the crisis.

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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.

The Safran CEO reviewed the goals laid out by key players in the aeronautics field, as well as the pathways already explored: "Our joint road map with the European aeronautics community aims first to create an airplane that produces 30% to 40% fewer emissions by 2030-2035, thanks to highly optimized propulsion systems, new aircraft architectures and lighter materials. That is the objective we have set for ourselves under the Clean Aviation European program. We must also make massive efforts toward achieving sustainable, or carbon-neutral, fuels. These would be derived from reprocessed waste or from synthetics, for example, produced using hydrogen. Finally, we must make progress in the operational management of aircraft: we must optimize routes, trajectories and wait times to obtain additional fuel savings. Here again, we will need new European and worldwide standards."