18 June 2013

"This first flight of the A350 XWB has been a beautiful event and we really want to congratulate our Customer Airbus for this successful flight. This first flight also gives me the opportunity to thank our Aerolia teams, such as those of our partners. I know that they were strongly involved with the Programme's Airbus Management", noted Christian Cornille, CEO of Aerolia.

A collective success story

Aerolia and its partners are responsible for the design and the production of the 3 Nose Section sub-assemblies:

  • metal structure assemblies such as the cockpit, the nose fairing and the nose landing gear compartment with the use of aluminium, aluminium-lithium or titanium for some major frames.
  • composite elements such as the lower shell, the main components of the Section 12 including the doors for passenger boarding and the nose landing gear doors.
  • for the systems, hydraulic, oxygen, clean and waste water and vacuum piping equipping the nose section and the whole fuselage.

"More than 2,700 drawings for the primary structure and 3,200 drawings for fixed brackets have been performed by the Design Office of Aerolia in Toulouse for the design of this nose section, as well as 2,500 drawings for the design of the systems facilities (hydraulic, interior fitting) equipping the whole fuselage and for their installation by our Design Office. On sites, 220 million euros have been invested in these industrial sites", pointed out Alain Tropis, COO Development, together with Nathalie Chieusse, Head of Aerolia A350 XWB.

Technological advances

A third of this nose section is composed of composite materials. About one third of the aluminium metal elements is made of Aluminium-Lithium, whereas some complex structural parts, such as door passenger framings, are made of titanium. This nose section is equipped with:

  • a metal front Section with large double-curvature window framings and 9 mechanically milled panels.
  • a door framing upper shell and a lower shell, both of them made of composite with titanium fittings that benefit from the solutions adapted to the requirements of this type of structure in order to optimise the weight and in-service operating conditions.
  • a metal nose landing gear compartment and the aircraft composite lower shell are two elements that are highly subjected to stresses upon taking-off and landing.
  • piping designed and manufactured by Aerolia Design Office and the Systems production site in Saint-Nazaire. These pipes equipping all the fuselage sections represent 1.5 km per aircraft.
  • To support the industrial approach, Aerolia also delivers 14,500 elementary parts per aircraft in addition to the 6,500 required for the nose section.

Aerolia, Super Tier One in aerostructures and systems

"This first successful flight of the A350 XWB is for Aerolia the acknowledgement of our position of Super Tier One in aerostructures and systems at international level", pointed out Christian Cornille. "Aerolia has fulfilled its commitments and has thereby shown its ability to meet the requirements of its Customer Airbus for this new aircraft combining composites and metals. Beyond this exceptional performance to which we pay tribute today, the A350 XWB proves that the international market can trust Aerolia in its full ability to establish a high-performing industry open to the world...", concluded Christian Cornille.

Aerolia is taking an active part in the success of its Customers Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, OGMA and Aerovodochody and in the development of their new programmes: A350 XWB, A400M, Global 7 000, Global 8 000 and KC390

As an Aerostructure, System and Equipment manufacturer, Aerolia is the French Leader in aerostructures and a worldwide player in the design and production of aircraft equipped fuselages. With facilities in France (Méaulte, St-Nazaire and Toulouse), Germany, Canada, China, South Korea, United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, Aerolia has increased its turnover by 51% over 4 years and has very encouraging perspectives for the future in terms of development. 3,200 employees, 2,500 of whom work on the 3 French sites (Design Offices and Production centres) are involved in its development with a 2012 turnover of 1 billion 400 million dollars (1 billion euros).


Philippe Le Grégam
Head of Communications Aerolia SAS
Cell: +33 6 80 41 81 49


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