Aircelle Builds the First Components for its Engine Nacelles to Equip Airbus
LE HAVRE, France, December 19, 2012
LE HAVRE, France, December 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
The production of Aircelle (Safran) engine nacelles for Airbus A320neo
jetliners has become a reality with the manufacture of initial full-scale
thrust reverser components using concurrent engineering, rapid prototyping and
lean manufacturing techniques.
Aircelle's first-build components include the thrust reverser's forward frame
and structural beams, its inner fixed structure and aft extension, along with
the aft core cowl. They represent a major percentage of the thrust reverser's
structural framework - which becomes an important portion of the overall
"This marks an important achievement for Aircelle's role in the A320neo
program, and underscores our ability to meet Airbus requirements for
production maturity and the rapid ramp-up capability required for program
timing and delivery schedules," said Aircelle Chairman and CEO Vincent Mascré.
The elements were produced with composite and metallic materials, applying the
same manufacturing process that Aircelle will employ in its series production
of the A320neo nacelles - including automated composite lay-up. They
subsequently were assembled at the company's Le Havre, France facility,
enabling a one-to-one assessment of their integration, along with a
confirmation of the ergonomic aspects for production line build-up.
Aircelle has responsibility for the complete nacelle on A320neo aircraft
powered by CFM International's LEAP powerplants, including integration on the
engine. The A320neo nacelles benefit from Aircelle's proven technology
developed for its growing product portfolio - such as the nacelles used on
For the A320neo program, Aircelle has developed a comprehensive technology
roadmap that incorporates innovations in systems, composite materials and
acoustic treatment while also using leading-edge production techniques and
The A320neo is Airbus' new engine option version of its best-selling A320
aircraft family, which offers additional fuel savings and performance
improvements for operations of the single-aisle jetliners.
About Aircelle ( http://www.aircelle.com )
Aircelle is one of the leading players in the worldwide nacelle market for
aircraft engines. A subsidiary of Safran, it employs nearly 3,000 people on
seven sites in France, the United Kingdom and Morocco. Aircelle is the only
nacelle manufacturer in the world present on all the market segments, from
regional and business aircraft to the largest airliners, including the Airbus
A380. Aircelle also is developing the worldwide customer support and service
activity for nacelles and their components.
Contact: Aircelle: Frédérique Thomas, Aircelle - VP Communications, Tel:
+33(0)1-30-07-90-14, Mobile (France): +33(0)6-74-83-67-35, e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeffrey Lenorovitz, The InfoWEST Group, Mobile
(U.S.): +1-703-615-3646, Mobile (France): +33(0)6-80-85-86-25, e-mail:
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