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A milestone 500th delivery for Aircelle's A340-500/600 engine nacelle

Aircelle today celebrated the delivery of its 500th nacelle for the A340-500/600 long-range jetliner, marking a key milestone in the program that positioned the company as a complete nacelle integrator and tier-one supplier to Airbus.  

This achievement was highlighted during an afternoon ceremony at Aircelle's Colomiers facility in southern France, where A340 nacelles are integrated and delivered for installation on the Airbus final assembly line – located nearby at Toulouse-Blagnac airport.  

The A340-500/600 nacelle was the first such system completely designed and supplied by Aircelle. This elevated it from a component manufacturer to a nacelle integrator, and gave the company responsibilities in working directly with aircraft operators and airlines.  

"With the A340-500/600 program, Aircelle has made a long-term commitment to airline support," explained Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jean-Pierre Cojan. "Aircraft in the A340-500/600 family will probably be flying until around the year 2050, and we will be there to support all the airlines on this great program – demonstrating Aircelle's capability to take on other nacelle programs, beginning with the A380."  

Cojan underscored Aircelle's investment to handle such large programs, including its construction of the large podding facility at Colomiers, the installation of new workshops at the company's Le Havre industrial site in northwest France, the creation of a customer support division, and the development of a new corporate organizational structure to boost responsiveness and employee empowerment.  

Aircelle delivered the first A340-500/600 nacelle in May 2000. The A340-600 made its maiden flight in April 2001 and entered service in August of 2002 with Virgin Atlantic, while the A340-500 performed its first takeoff in February 2002 and was introduced by Emirates in November 2003. Operations with the aircraft include the world's longest-range commercial air route – an 18-hour non-stop flight of Singapore Airways that links Singapore and New York.  

"Our experience with the A340 will help us consolidate and build for the future," Cojan concluded. "Thanks to the A340-500/600, we have built a new company to make the innovative products demanded for a new generation of aircraft. That is how we aim to secure the future for our customers, by seeking to meet their requirements and expectations."

Press release issued by Safran Nacelles - Le Havre on November 28, 2008


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