Airbus’s giant BelugaXL cargo plane makes first flight, with a major contribution from Safran
Paris, July 19, 2018
Safran employees involved in this program watched the first flight of the BelugaXL on Thursday, July 19 from the Toulouse Blagnac airport.
Safran makes a significant contribution to this new extra-large cargo plane from Airbus, which will enter service in 2019 and will be operated by the affiliate Airbus Transport International (ATI).
Safran Electrical and Power supplies most of the wiring and electrical cabinets that handle electrical power distribution to the flight controls. Safran Electronics & Defense supplies several flight control systems, a data loading system and a backup electric flight control module. Safran Landing Systems supplies the landing gear, along with the wheels and carbon brakes*. The ten thrust reversers on the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines powering the BelugaXL were developed by Safran Nacelles, while the power transmission systems come from Safran Transmission Systems.
Zodiac Aerospace also contributes, as supplier of fuel supply and oxygen distribution systems. Safran Filtration Systems provides hydraulic filters.
* The wheels and carbon brakes, a dual source arrangement on this airplane, were developed by Goodrich-Messier, a joint venture between Safran Landing Systems and UTC Aerospace Systems.
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. Safran undertakes Research & Development programs to meet fast-changing market requirements, with total R&D expenditures of around 1.4 billion euros in 2017. Safran is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices.
In February 2018, Safran took control of Zodiac Aerospace, significantly expanding its aircraft equipment activities. Together with Zodiac Aerospace, Safran has more than 91,000 employees and would have around €21 billion in adjusted revenue (pro forma 2016).