Saft on board the Airbus A350 XWB for its first flight

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Paris Air Show
Le Bourget
June 17 to 23
Hall 2b D137 
          Saft on board the Airbus A350 XWB for its first flight 
Paris, June 14, 2013 - Saft, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of
advanced technology batteries for industry and for aerospace applications, has
supplied the battery systems to provide starting and emergency back-up power for
the Airbus A350 XWB that has just completed its maiden flight. 
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line
seating between 270 and 350 passengers in typical threeclass layouts. The
aircraft will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft
in this size category, using 25 per cent less fuel and providing an equivalent
reduction in CO2 emissions. 
Some two-thirds of the world's fleet of civil and military aircraft are
currently equipped with Saft onboard batteries, including all of the jetliners
delivered by Airbus going back to the 1970s. For the A350 XWB family, Saft has
been working in close cooperation with Airbus since 2005 to develop a new
generation of advanced on-board battery systems that draw on Saft's 15-year
experience in delivering high technology battery solutions for space and civil
aviation applications. 
"The successful maiden flight of the A350 XWB is further demonstration of the
excellent technical partnership between Saft and Airbus which goes back for over
40 years. Saft congratulates Airbus on this successful first flight and looks
forward to contributing to the success of the next testing phases and the A350
XWB's entry into service," commented John Searle Saft Group's Chairman of the
Management Board. 
About Saft
Saft (Euronext: Saft) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of
advanced technology batteries for industry. 
The Group is the world's leading manufacturer of nickel batteries and primary
lithium batteries for the industrial infrastructure and processes,
transportation, civil and military electronics markets. Saft is the world leader
in space and defence batteries with its Li-ion technologies which are also being
deployed in the energy storage, transportation and telecommunication markets.
Saft's 4,000 employees present in 18 countries, its 15 manufacturing sites and
extensive sales network all contribute to accelerating the Group's growth for
the future.
For more information, visit Saft at 
Press Contact: Saft Groupe
Jill Ledger, Saft Corporate Communication and Institutional Relations Director
Tel.: +33 1 49 93 17 77, e-mail: 
Catherine Jouatel, Corporate Communication Manager
Tel.: + 33 1 49 93 17 68, e-mail: 
France - FTI Consulting Strategic Communications
Caroline Guilhaume, Tél.: +33 1 47 03 68 10,
Astrid VILLETTE, Tel: ++33 1 47 03 69 51, 
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