1896

The Schneider Frères & Cie industrial factory complex is developed at Le Havre for the production of armament.

1937

The manufacturing workshops at Le Havre become a government arsenal.

1947

The Avions Hurel-Dubois company is created. French aircraft designer Maurice Hurel pursues the development of aircraft equipped with a large wingspan, providing the advantage of low wing loading and reduced drag.

1948

Flight evaluations are performed with the single-engine Hurel-Dubois HD-10 testbed aircraft, which has a wingspan of 12 meters and an aspect ratio of 30.

1957
[HIS] 1957

First flight of the Hurel-Dubois HD-34, a twin-engine aircraft with a 45.30-meter wingspan and an operational ceiling of 8,000 meters. A total of nine HD-34s are built at the Meudon aerodrome near Paris, of which eight are used by the French National Geographic Institute (IGN) for topographic survey flights.

1963

The arsenal at Le Havre comes under the management responsibility of Snecma Normandie. Its activities are diversified into the manufacture and repair of mechanical parts for the aviation and defense sectors.

1977

Company activities are brought under the control of Hispano-Suiza (a Snecma subsidiary).


Development and production is concentrated on aviation products, including the first engine nacelle components such as thrust reversers.

1979

Creation of the Société Lorraine de Construction Aéronautique (SLCA) is the start of the Hurel-Dubois group's development.

1989

Hurel-Dubois purchases the aerostructures division of U.K.-based Lucas Aerospace, which becomes Hurel-Dubois U.K. Ltd.

1993

The Colomiers, France facility becomes operational for integration of nacelles and their engines. This facility is located adjacent to the Airbus A330/A340 final assembly line at Toulouse/Blagnac Airport.

1997

The Le Havre facility is made a subsidiary and becomes Hispano-Suiza Aerostructures.

1998

Creation of the Aircelle company - a 50/50 joint venture between Hispano-Suiza Aerostructures and Airbus. The company focuses on the development of large engine nacelles for the Airbus product line, beginning with those for the A340-500/600's Rolls-Royce Trent powerplant.

2000

Hurel-Dubois is purchased by Snecma. A program milestone is marked during the year with initial nacelle delivery for the A340-500/600.

2001

A new leader in the engine nacelle and aerostructures business is born through the merger of Hispano-Suiza Aerostructures and Hurel-Dubois as the new Hurel-Hispano company. Hurel-Hispano operates within the Snecma Group's Equipment Branch and employs 2,500 persons.

2002

Hurel-Hispano acquires Airbus' 50 percent share in Aircelle, making it a wholly-owned subsidiary that has nacelle supplier responsibility for the Airbus A340-500/600 (Trent engine), the A318 (PW6000) and the A380 (GP7200 and Trent 900). This consolidation bolsters the company's ability to offer complete nacelle packages worldwide, ranging from design, development and integration, to full aftermarket support for airlines and distribution of spare parts.

2003

The Colomiers facility is expanded in preparation for the A380 engine podding activity, and its covered surface more than doubles to a total of 13,500 sq. meters. This expansion includes a large new engine build-up and podding area for A380 engines, along with a large paint facility that is specifically sized to accommodate the massive size of this airliner's powerplants. Also during the year, Hurel-Hispano begins the deliveries of initial components for both the A380 and Dassault F7X business jet.

2004

Hurel-Hispano inaugurates the new Pont-Audemer facility, which is entirely dedicated to nacelle repair. The inauguration also provides the occasion to announce the signature of a new engine nacelle agreement between Boeing and Hurel-Hispano.

2005
[HIS] 2005

Snecma and Sagem merge their activities in a new company named Safran; Hurel-Hispano changes its name to Aircelle and is integrated in the Safran group's Aerospace Equipment branch. Major Aircelle program milestones during the year include the A380's first flight, equipped with Aircelle's nacelles; and the expansion of Aircelle's maintenance network into the United States through an agreement with ExpressJet Services.


Aircelle completes nacelle integration – or "podding" – of the first GP7200 engine for test flights of the Airbus A380. Aircelle has podding responsibilities for this widebody airliner's two available engine options: the Engine Alliance GP7200 and Rolls Royce's Trent 900.

2006

Aircelle officially opens its new 11,000-square-meter plant in Morocco. The modern production facility will assemble nacelle components and manufacture composite parts for Aircelle's nacelle and thrust reverser product lines.


Aircelle inaugurates new facilities at its Le Havre, France and Burnley, England factories as part of a multi-year technological and industrial development strategy.

2007

Aircelle completes its 4,000th thrust reverser for the Airbus A320 Family for airliners. Celebrated at Aircelle's Le Havre, France plant, the milestone was marked in the presence of customers, suppliers, industrial partners and local officials.


Expanded facilities are inaugurated for the production of thrust reverser components at the production site of Aircelle's SLCA Florange, adding 30 percent more surface area to the facility.


European and United States airworthiness certificates are signed for the Airbus A380, which is outfitted with the Aircelle integrated engine nacelle with thrust reversers on both available engines.

2008

The SLCA subsidiary of Aircelle wins a contract with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer. At stake is the design and production of complex composite aerostructures for the Embraer 170/190 regional aircraft and for the small Phenom 100 business jet.


Aircelle is named engine nacelle supplier for the new Learjet 85 business jet, expanding the company's position in the business aviation segment.


An agreement for a new joint venture to cooperatively develop, produce and support engine nacelles for future single-aisle commercial airlines is announced by Aircelle and GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft Systems. This sets the stage for the creation of a 50/50 company, which later is named Nexcelle.


Aircelle celebrates delivery of its 500th nacelle for the A340-500/600 long-range jetliner. The A340-500/600 nacelle was the first such system completely designed and supplied by Aircelle. This program elevated the company from a component manufacturer to a nacelle integrator, and gave it responsibilities in working directly with aircraft operators and airlines.

2009

The Nexcelle subsidiary of Aircelle and GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft Systems are announced as key partner of the world's first truly integrated propulsion system by providing the nacelle, thrust reverser and exhaust system for the new CFM International LEAP-X1C engine selected for China's COMAC C919 jetliner.


Aircelle and Air France Industries join forces to offer engine nacelle repair and overhaul services in the Middle East, with this 50/50 joint venture to be based at Dubai's Jebel Ali Free Zone in the United Arab Emirates. To be called Aerostructures Middle East Services (AMES), it will benefit from Air France Industries' expertise in maintenance, repair and overhaul services, along with Aircelle's position as a leading original equipment manufacturer of small, medium and large engine nacelles.

2010
[HIS] 2010

Aircelle and Xi'an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC) agree to a joint venture for the production and assembly of jet engine nacelle components in Xi'an, China.


The 700th engine nacelle package for the Rolls Royce Trent 700s used on the Airbus A330 jetliner is completed and presented at Aircelle's Burnley, England production site.


Aircelle delivers its NAIAD (Nacelle Innovative and Acoustic Demonstrator) to Snecma for the evaluation of new technologies that could provide future enhancements in aircraft operating efficiency. Launched by the company in 2007, NAIAD's features include an all-composite laminar flow air inlet, advanced acoustic treatment on interior surfaces, and nacelle components produced with new manufacturing processes such as thermoplastic forming.


The Nexcelle joint venture of Aircelle and GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft Systems is selected to provide the nacelle and thrust reverser for GE's Tech X integrated powerplant, which will equip the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 business jet aircraft.

2011

Airbus selects Aircelle to supply the complete integrated nacelle package for its A320neo Family powered by CFM International's LEAP-X engines, marking a major program win in the single-aisle airliner segment.


Nexcelle finalizes agreement with GE Aviation at the Paris Air Show to have its nacelle system integrated with GE's Passportjet engine. This establishes a new milestone for the Nexcelle joint venture of Aircelle with GE Aviation's Middle River Aircraft Systems.


China Southern Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A380 outfitted with Aircelle's nacelle and thrust reverser system. This aircraft is the 58th delivered by Airbus, with China Southern becoming the seventh airline worldwide to receive the A380.

2012

Aircelle concludes partnership agreements with two French engineering schools: INSA in Rouen and ESIGELEC (both based in France). These partnerships correspond with Aircelle's policy of developing R&D synergies with laboratories, universities and small businesses the world over.


Rolls-Royce and Aircelle sign a total service offer for support of the Trent 900 powerplants of British Airways' new A380 jetliners. Along the lines of this agreement, Aircelle ensures availability of key Trent 900 nacelles components, including the thrust-reverser, the fan cowling, the air intake and the nozzle, all stored at the London-Heathrow Airport in order to smooth out distribution and quick engine change operations (QEC).
 


On the occasion of the Customer Service department's 10 years of continuous operations, a new building "C7" located in Le Havre and housing the Customers' Service Centre is inaugurated. This step marked a turning point as it improved Aircelle's Airbus Rating and allowed the company to receive the "Most Improved Supplier" award. Moreover, several service contracts signed that same year accounted for an important event within the division.

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