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Supporting Safran nacelle systems through the A340’s operational life: agreement signed with Satair Group


June 26, 2017

Operators of Airbus A340s equipped with nacelle systems from Safran Nacelles will be assured of top-level support through the lifetime of these four-engine jetliners, backed by a new contract with Satair Group, which covers global lifetime supply chain services for engine nacelle parts and components.

Under the terms of the agreement signed at last week’s Paris Air Show, Satair Group has assumed responsibility over Safran Nacelles’ entire supply chain for the nacelle elements used on A340-500 and A340-600 aircraft.

A physical transfer of Safran Nacelles’ A340 nacelle parts inventory has been made from the company’s Paris support center to Satair Group’s Copenhagen, Denmark facility. Safran Nacelles will continue a direct working relationship with its A340 customers for overall customer support, nacelle maintenance and repair (MRO) services – as well as engineering support.

A340s will continue in service beyond 2030

The nacelle for Airbus A340-500 and A340-600 jetliners was the first such system completely designed and supplied by Safran Nacelles, elevating it from a component manufacturer to a nacelle integrator. Currently, there are 90 A340-500/600s in operation, and Satair Group estimates the aircraft type will remain in service beyond 2030.

“This agreement with Satair Group, on the entire supply chain for this legacy nacelle program, enables us to focus on our utmost mission as a nacelle designer and integrator for current and future programs, while also maintaining our MRO and technical support provided to A340 operators,” explained Safran Nacelles CEO Jean Paul Alary. “With Satair Group, we have found a partner that brings its logistics expertise to manage efficiently the supply chain.”

Bart Reijnen, CEO of Satair Group added: “We look forward to working closely with Safran Nacelles in ensuring the best possible logistics services for its customers, who will benefit from the ability to pool more parts through our efficient supply chain and global distribution.”

Satair Group is a stand-alone company and 100 percent Airbus subsidiary, providing Airbus material support and serving as the sole Airbus authorized distributor for a wide range of proprietary products and services accessible through Airbus. Additionally, Satair provides genuine parts distribution for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) such as Safran Nacelles, and offers an exhaustive and innovative multi-fleet service portfolio to OEMs and customers.