Source: Safran announcement
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas — Safran Landing Systems, inaugurates its new wheel and brake repair facility in Grand Prairie on September 15th 2021, in the presence of Cédric Goubet, Chief Executive Officer, and Nicolas Potier, Executive Vice President Wheels and Brakes.
The new repair shop received its FAA certification August 12th, 2021, and is fully operational to provide wheels and carbon-brakes maintenance and logistics services to Safran’s airline customers, as well as to the United States Air Force and United States Navy in support of their military platforms.
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“The opening of the Dallas shop is an important milestone in Safran Landing Systems’ long-term commitment to strengthen our wheels and brakes repair network in the United States, and therefore meet the rapid growth of our integrated OEM & MRO packages offer,” said Goubet.
The five strategically located repair stations (Milwaukee, Miami, Bethlehem, Penn., Las Vegas, and Grand Prairie), staffed with 200 highly skilled specialists, have a combined footprint of 150,000 square feet. They are operating in full cooperation with the company’s manufacturing plant in Walton, Ky., where wheels, brakes, and carbon heat sinks are produced.
“This expansion allows us to better serve our airline partners, in the framework of the post-COVID traffic recovery and strong ramp-up in activity that the industry is experiencing,” added Mike Buckley, President of Safran Wheel and Brake Repair and Services. “In addition to the logistics benefits that this network provides, our facilities have also enhanced their turn-key solutions, such as machining and metal improvement capabilities, to increase efficiencies, add value to our customers’ supply chains, and allow them to focus on their core business.”
Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aircraft propulsion and equipment, space and defense markets. Safran has a global presence, with more than 58,000 employees and sales of 16.5 billion euros in 2017. The organization is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, and is part of the CAC 40 and Euro Stoxx 50 indices. With Zodiac Aerospace, acquired by Safran in February 2018, the Group now has over 91,000 employees and will generate an estimated 21 billion euros in adjusted annual revenues (2016 pro forma figures).
The company has partnerships with 30 airframers in civil, regional, commercial and military transport, and supports 27,000 aircraft that operate more than 60,000 landings daily.