Since the beginning of the health crisis, the aeronautics industry has faced enormous difficulties.
But the European aerospace industry is ending 2021 on a real order festival, with the contract signed by the United Arab Emirates for 80 Rafale fighter jets. This followed announcements by Qantas and the Air France-KLM group in favor of Airbus as part of the renewal of their medium-haul fleet.
A month earlier, Indigo Partners and Air Lease corp had lit the fuse with orders for 255 and 111 airbuses respectively.
Safran will benefit from the recovery in air traffic and strong order intake. As a result, sales are expected to grow in double digits.
To keep pace with rising production rates, Safran, the aircraft engine and equipment maker, will hire 12,000 people worldwide by 2022, including 3,000 in France, CEO Olivier Andriès announced on Sunday, January 2.
The recovery has led Safran to expect sustained growth in adjusted revenues, in the order of “more than 10%” over the period 2021-2025. The group is still forecasting a return of medium-haul air traffic – the market in which it is most present – to its pre-brisk level by the end of 2022, and traffic growth of 4.8% per year between 2023 and 2025.
The group also plans to commit 4 billions euros in research and technology (R&T) between 2021 and 2025. Three quarters of this will be devoted to the “decarbonization” of aviation. Starting in 2024, the company will manufacture the Arrano engines that will power the 169 H160M “Guépard” helicopters. The engines will leave the Bordes plant in Béarn for repair at the Tarnos site in the Landes region of France.
The Ministry of the Armed Forces, plans to purchase 169 H160M <<guepard>> helicopters from Airbus. It announces the hiring of “150 people and 150 apprentices” in 2022.
On the Airbus side It’s a double whammy. The Franco-Dutch group Air France-KLM has announced a firm order for 100 A320neo aircraft to equip the fleets of KLM and Transavia, the group’s low-cost airline. The contract comes just hours after the Australian carrier Qantas placed an order for more than 100 aircraft manufactured by the European company.
Airbus is creating a new subsidiary, Airbus Atlantic, which will bring together the Airbus sites in Saint-Nazaire and Nantes, as well as those of Stelia Aerospace, in Rochefort, Mérignac, Salaunes and Meaulte. The new wholly-owned Airbus subsidiary, announced in April 2021 as part of an industrial reorganization project in France and Germany, will be officially created in January 2022. It will be headed by Cédric Gautier, current CEO of Stelia Aerospace, and will bring together 12,000 Airbus and Stelia Aerospace employees in France, with unified management and status. It will bring together all activities related to the assembly of Airbus subassemblies in France, such as fuselage sections, nose cone and wing box.
The giant order from Air France-KLM is accompanied by acquisition rights for 60 additional aircraft, as well as a letter of intent for four long-range A350F Cargo aircraft. Depending on the configuration, the A320neo can carry between 150 and 180 passengers.