1974
CFM56 customer delivery center

Founding of CFM International, a 50/50 joint venture with General Electric. The company's mandate is to design, manufacture, market and service CFM56 turbofan engines for single-aisle commercial jets. The CFM56 is the world's biggest seller in this sector, fitted to over 8,000 aircraft worldwide, including Boeing 737s and the Airbus A320 family of jetliners.

 

1980
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Creation of Turbomeca Engine Corporation, USA. Turbomeca provides the turbine turboshaft engines used on military helicopters like the U.S. Army's UH-72A Lakota and the H-65 Dolphin of the U.S. Coast Guard.

 

1991
Creation of CFAN

Creation of CFAN, a joint venture with GE Aircraft Engines. This 50/50 joint venture between GE Aviation and Safran's Snecma produces the highly advanced composite fan blades used on most modern airliners in service today.

1999
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Messier-Bugatti-Dowty opens a wheels and carbon brakes facility in Walton, KY.

2003
Since 2004, Safran Electrical & Power, which produces electrical harnesses for commercial and military programs, has won numerous contracts: production and interior fittings for modifications to Italian and Japanese Tanker 767s, integration of B787 electric boxes, modernization of the C-130 program in 2007, manufacture of electrical wiring systems for the UH- 60M/MH-60R helicopter program and more.

Acquisition of Corinth Inc., Boeing's electrical wiring business, renamed Labinal Corinth, Inc.


Acquisition of Cenco from Pratt & Whitney.

2008
Safran Nacelles is a leading worldwide nacelle market for aircraft engines. 

The Le Havre site is the company’s historical birthplace and the headquarters. It includes design offices, centers of excellence (nozzles, composite materials and RTM) and production workshops (assembly).

Launch of Nexcelle: A joint venture for nacelles which sees Safran (Aircelle business unit) and GE Aviation (Middle River Aircraft Systems) build upon their historic partnership.


Renewal of GE/Safran partnership. The same year, the two engine-makers, equal partners in CFM International since 1974, use the opportunity of the U.K.'s Farnborough Airshow to renew their agreement until 2040.

2009
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Safran acquires a majority stake in GE Homeland Protection. Renamed Morpho Detection, the company delivers detection systems for explosives, narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear material


The acquisition of Motorola's biometrics Printrak business is completed and the company is renamed MorphoTrak.


Acquisition of Optics 1, a leading independent optics and optical systems company, covering systems design, manufacturing, and system integration of precision optical products.

2010

Launch of CFM Materials. CFM International parent companies Snecma (Safran) and GE launch the CFM Materials joint venture to supply serviceable material to aviation customers around the globe.

2011

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Microturbo and Pratt & Whitney AeroPower form partnership for new-generation power systems aimed at the corporate and business aircraft market.


Acquisition of L-1 Identity Solutions, significantly enhancing the Group's identity management capabilities. The company is later renamed MorphoTrust and now operates as part of Safran's existing Morpho security business.

2012
Aircelle and Applied Composites Engineering agree to expand the scope of cooperative U.S. nacelle services
Aircelle and ACE representatives ink an agreement on jet engine thrust reverser and nacelle repair performed in the U.S. by ACE.

April

Building on three years of successful cooperation, the Safran group's Aircelle business unit signs an agreement with Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) to enlarge the scope of jet engine thrust reverser and nacelle repair performed by ACE in the United States.

2013

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Completed acquisition of Goodrich Electrical Power Systems (GEPS). Renamed Safran Power, this acquisition brings key additional capabilities in electrical technologies to Safran, making a breakthrough in the company's "all electrical aircraft" strategic roadmap.


Labinal relocates to Denton, TX, doubling the footprint of its facility dedicated to the production of wire harnesses for customers such as Boeing, Sikorsky and Bell Helicopter.

2014
Safran Power Units assumes responsibility for bizjet development APU programs; company to collaborate with Pratt & Whitney AeroPower on future APU programs

Eileen Drake, vice president and general manager, Pratt & Whitney AeroPower and Pierre-Yves Morvan, CEO of Safran Power Units.

January

Creation of Labinal Power Systems – a worldwide leader in electrical power systems. Safran's electrical power system activities - Labinal, Safran Power, Aerosource, Safran Engineering Services and Technofan – are consolidated into one integrated entity. The new company, Labinal Power Systems, is a world leader in all aircraft electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) and power systems.


March

Safran and Albany International inaugurate a new plant for 3D woven RTM composite aircraft engine parts in Rochester, NH.


July

Microturbo (Safran) reinforces partnership with Pratt & Whitney AeroPower for business jet and regional APU program development.


July

Acquisition of the APS2[800] and APS500[D] programs, and creation of Microturbo APU LLC TBC with Microturbo.

2015
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U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters fitted with the Turbomeca Arriel 2C2-CG engine have logged a combined one million flight hours.

April

Messier-Bugatti-Dowty of the Safran Group, through its subsidiary MBD Wheel and Brake Repair and Services (formerly MBT Repair), announces the opening of a new wheel and brake repair facility in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. This new shop will provide support for operators of the Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737, 767, 777 and 787 that have contracted with Messier-Bugatti-Dowty for wheel and brake MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services.


April

The U.S. Coast Guard chooses BlueNaute, the high-tech navigation system of Sagem (a unit of Safran) to modernize a dozen of its Juniper WLB-class ships.


September

Microturbo launches a new production plant in San Diego, California to build auxiliary power units for small commercial aircraft.

 

2016
Safran Landing Systems formally kicks off the latest expansion of its Kentucky carbon brake production facility
Safran executives, local officials, a state senator and the governor of Kentucky break ground on a new Safran Landing Systems plant in Walton, Kentucky.

May

The business units that make up the Safran group are consolidated under a single identity and unified brand name: Safran.


September

Safran Landing Systems breaks ground on a $100-million-plus expansion of its Walton, Kentucky plant for aircraft carbon brake production and refurbishment.


November

Safran inaugurates a new facility in Charleston, South Carolina. Located near Boeing's jetliner final assembly facility, this new site will support the assembly of wiring as well as landing gear activities for the 787 Dreamliner.

2017
Bell Helicopter and Safran celebrate first delivery of the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X
The first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, powered by the Safran Helicopter Engines Arrius 2R, is delivered at Heli-Expo 2017.

March

The first Bell 505 Jet Ranger X, powered by the Arrius 2R from Safran Helicopter Engines, is provided to a private operator. Deliveries of U.S.-built Arrius 2R turboshaft engines to Bell Helicopter began in 2016 for use in the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X.


May

Safran completes the sale of its identity and security activities to Advent International.


October

Safran Electrical & Power celebrates the expansion of its facility in Sarasota, Florida with a grand opening.

2018

February

Zodiac joins Safran to create the world's third largest aerospace company (excluding aircraft manufacturers).

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