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Airbus, Dassault 5-year deal to advance aircraft production

Airbus and Dassault Systèmes signed a five-year agreement to cooperate on what the companies describe as collaborative 3D design, engineering, manufacturing, simulation and intelligence applications. Airbus expects the deal to boost its digital transformation and, ultimately, lay the foundation for a new European industrial ecosystem in aviation.    


February 11, 2019
By Wings Staff
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Under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), Airbus will deploy Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, which aims to provide digital continuity, from design to operations, in a single data model for a unified user experience. The goal of implementing 3DEXPERIENCE is to make digital design, manufacturing and services (DDMS) a company-wide platform for all Airbus divisions and product lines.

Dassault Systèmes explains DDMS paves the way for breakthroughs in new product design, operational performance, support and maintenance, customer satisfaction and new business models, as it represents a move from sequential to parallel development processes. The company continues to explains, that instead of first focusing on product performance, Airbus will be able to co-design and develop the next generation of aircraft with the manufacturing facilities that will produce them, reducing costs and time to market.

“We are not just talking about digitalization or a 3D experience, we are rethinking the way aircraft are designed and operated, streamlining and speeding up our processes with customer satisfaction in mind,” said Guillaume Faury, president, Airbus Commercial Aircraft, who is set to become CEO of Airbus at the company’s Annual General Meeting on April 10, 2019. “DDMS is a catalyst for change and with it we are building a new model for the European aerospace industry with state-of-the-art technology. Our target is a robust production setup that offers a reduction in product development lead time.”



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“Nothing exemplifies the intersection of technology, science and art more than aviation. When we reflect on how the industry has evolved to where it is today, it’s a blend of technical prowess, digital precision and inspiration,” said Bernard Charlès, vice chairman and CEO, Dassault Systèmes. “The Aerospace industry has a proven track record of fast transformation, faster than in most industries. It delivers high quality innovation and new services for operations in highly complex and regulated environments. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform will accelerate the digital transformation of Airbus. Airbus can capture insights and expertise from across its ecosystem to deliver new experiences that only the digital world makes possible.”