Emirates signs agreements with Safran worth $1.2bn
By David Wood | 14th November 2023
Emirates, the world's largest international airline, has today announced a series of contracts awarded to Safran, worth over US$1.2 billion combined.
This includes a US $1 billion deal for the latest generation Safran Seats for Emirates' new fleet of Airbus A350, Boeing 777X-9 and existing Boeing 777-300 aircraft.
French multinational company Safran develops and builds aircraft landing systems at Staverton and employs over 900 people in Gloucestershire.
The agreement includes Business, Premium Economy and Economy class seats for the Emirates Airbus A350, and Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class seats for the Boeing 777X-9.
The new seats will offer a host of enhancements that set a new standard for comfort, privacy and convenience, including generous space and a bolder roster of luxurious features, stylish interior finishes and next level-technology in every cabin class.
The deal also represents a significant export order for a French company, and is part of Emirates' ongoing investment into France and Europe.
Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates Airline, said: "Safran is a key partner for Emirates and we're working closely to reimagine and elevate our future cabins with smart design and the latest technologies.
"These have been decisive factors in our selection of seat types which will be customised for Emirates. Today's announcement is significant not only because it cements the partnership between Emirates and Safran, but also because it supports aviation manufacturing and the wider value chain in France and across Europe."
Safran CEO Olivier Andriès said: "Safran is very proud of our longstanding strategic alliance with Emirates. The continuation of our 30-year partnership underscores Safran's commitment to innovative solutions for aircraft interiors, critical aircraft equipment and services to ensure the best possible passenger experience.
"Today's agreements set the stage for Safran's continued growth along with our customer, a leader in the global market. More than ever, we are looking ahead to the future."
In addition to seats, Safran Cabin will be providing Emirates' A350 fleet with Galley shipsets in line with the airline's high standards when it comes to quality and design. The Galleys, both for Emirates' A350 and B777-9 fleet will be equipped with GEMini and the new high-end type NUVO galley inserts with advanced features, efficiency, and technology.
Safran Landing Systems will be supplying high performance wheels and carbon brakes for the Emirates A350 fleet. These brakes offer significant weight savings and feature a unique design that provides better cooling for shorter turnaround times (TAT) and increased fleet availability.
Safran Passenger Innovations will be providing its RAVE AeroConnect Ka solution to Emirates, allowing connectivity across multiple providers and frequencies. This end-to-end solution will disrupt the inflight connectivity status quo by offering Emirates unrivaled flexibility in entertainment and provider choice. 50 Airbus A350, 60 Airbus A380 and 50 Boeing 777X-9 will be equipped with Safran's agnostic satcom connectivity solution.
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