Nexcelle’s nacelle systems touch down at the Paris Air Show
July 11, 2017
Every two years, it’s “all roads lead to Le Bourget” as the world’s aerospace industry comes together in early summer for the Paris Air Show.
At the 2017 event, it was appropriate that nacelle system hardware from Nexcelle’s parent companies had a high-profile presence in the exhibit halls, as well as along the static display line – while the aviation trade press included our joint venture in their stories published during the week-long gathering last month.
A key attention-getter under the Hall 2A rotunda at Le Bourget was the full-scale O-Duct thrust reverser, presented by Safran Nacelles on the Safran group exhibit
For anyone familiar with engine nacelles, the O-Duct’s “clean” look – with its innovative single-piece configuration, the open and unobstructed interior cross-section, and state-of-the-art Electrical Thrust Reverser Actuation System (E-TRAS) – provided a striking difference from traditional thrust reversers with their multi-piece “D-door” arrangements and hydraulic actuation circuits.
During my interviews with reporters for news stories in all three show daily publications at Le Bourget, I highlighted Nexcelle’s commitment to continuing our support for the LEAP-1C program as flight tests are conducted with the no. 1 C919, and noted that we’re delivering hardware for the second aircraft ahead of its upcoming rollout at Shanghai.
Elsewhere at the Paris Air Show, a distinctive purple-colored aircraft on the static display line attracted much attention – showcasing the nacelles produced by our Safran Nacelles parent company for Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) family jetliners with CFM International LEAP-1A engines.
These nacelle systems have a significant contribution of hardware from Nexcelle’s other parent, GE Aviation’s Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), and their production rate is accelerating in one of the most rapid ramp-ups in civil aviation history.
The high-visibility jetliner at Le Bourget was delivered to WOW air, making this Icelandic carrier the first European airline to receive a LEAP-1A-powered A321neo version – which is the longest-fuselage jetliner in Airbus’ A320 product line.
Looking ahead to the second half of 2017, Nexcelle will be well represented at another key industry event – the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in October, where the focus will be on our nacelle systems for the GE Aviation Passport engines that power Bombardier’s Global 7000/Global 8000 business jets.
For additional information on the presence of Nexcelle nacelle systems at last month’s Paris Air Show, read the feature story on Nexcelle.com.
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