Bombardier signs declarations with Safran Group and Thales Avionics SA
July 4, 2008, Montreal – Québec Premier Jean Charest and the Prime Minister of France, François Fillon, today witnessed the signature of two declarations of intent during a ceremony celebrating business relations between Bombardier Aerospace and two French leading companies, SAFRAN Group and THALES Avionics SA.
July 4, 2008 By Carey Fredericks
July 4, 2008, Montreal – Québec Premier Jean Charest and the Prime Minister of France,
François Fillon, today witnessed the signature of two declarations of intent during a ceremony
celebrating business relations between Bombardier Aerospace and two French leading
companies, SAFRAN Group and THALES Avionics SA, as a symbolic reflection of the
relationship between Québec and France.
Bombardier Aerospace and SAFRAN Group
Bombardier Aerospace, the world’s third largest civil aircraft manufacturer, and France’s
SAFRAN Group, an international leader in high-technology products and services, today
underlined the importance of their corporate relationship by signing a declaration of intent
recognizing the growing business ties between the two corporations.
Guy C. Hachey, President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Aerospace, and
Émeric d’Arcimoles, Deputy General Director, International Development, SAFRAN Group,
signed the declaration of intent highlighting the recent selection of SAFRAN Group subsidiaries
Messier Bugatti and Aircelle as official suppliers on Bombardier’s new all-composite Learjet 85
aircraft. Messier Bugatti will be supplying complete packages consisting of wheels and brakes,
brake control system, steering system and landing extension and retraction system, while
Aircelle will provide the engine nacelles and thrust reversers.
“Bombardier is pleased to officially welcome SAFRAN Group to the Learjet 85 aircraft program,”
said Mr. Hachey. “The Learjet 85 aricraft platform represents an all new generation of business
aircraft that will both redefine the midsize business jet category and enhance our tradition for
“Based on the strength of this cooperation, the President and Chief Operating Officer of
Bombardier Aerospace and the General Manager of SAFRAN Group, International
Development, will work together to reinforce this agreement with SAFRAN Group within its
areas of expertise, such as: aerospace equipment, avionics and products related to propulsion,”
says Mr. Émeric d’Arcimoles.
Québec manufacturers are key contributors on the new Learjet 85 program, led by engine
supplier Pratt & Whitney Canada and landing gear supplier Heroux-Devtek Inc. The Canadian
division of French manufacturer THALES Avionics SA is also featured as the provider of the
spoiler system. To date, over 35 percent of the bill of materials contracts on the Learjet 85
aircraft originates in Québec. SAFRAN Group’s contracts account for approximately 11 percent.
Bombardier Aerospoace and THALES Avionics SA on research and development
Bombardier Aerospace and Thales Avionics SA, a French company, world leader in critical
information systems, also highlighted their respective research and development expertise by
signing a declaration of intent towards the implementation of research project on the protection
of electronic components of aircraft on-board systems.
Bombardier Aerospace and THALES Avionics SA put forward a research project named
Electronic components protection against radiation events (SEU/MBU). The objective is to
develop and validate solutions to limit the systems’ sensitivity to cosmic radiations, at both the
basic electronic components and the architectures’ levels.
The project will also define standard testing and analysis procedures for the qualification and
certification of airborne electronic equipments.
The new Learjet 85 jet set to redefine the midsize business jet class
Launched on October 30, 2007 the new Learjet 85 aircraft will be the first Bombardier jet to
feature an all-composite structure and will be the first all-composite structure business jet
designed for type certification under U.S. Federal Aviation Administration FAR Part 25.
True to its legendary heritage, the Learjet 85 aircraft is set to deliver the extraordinary
performance, superior technology and exceptional value Learjet aircraft owners expect.
The clean-sheet Learjet aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental
range of up to 3,000 nautical miles (5,556 km)*. Designed to provide a larger, more comfortable cabin than any existing midsize aircraft, this jet will offer eight passengers a stand-up cabin built to ensure superior productivity and comfort.