Airbus is recognised from the other side of the supply chain
Airbus is a demanding customer when working with its international supplier base – requiring on-time deliveries, the highest level of quality, and excellent support. At this week’s Paris Air Show, Airbus also demonstrated that it can meet the same standards when the company itself is part of the supply chain.
The Airbus site in Nantes, France was presented with a supplier excellence award that acknowledged its performance in providing inlets for engine nacelles that ultimately are used on Airbus’ own A340 and A380. The inlet is a key element of any nacelle, requiring precision manufacturing and extremely high quality standards. In addition, the inlets that Airbus Nantes supplies for the A380 are fitted with highly advanced acoustic treatment, which plays an important role in reducing the jetliner’s noise levels.
Airbus’ Nantes site was selected for the supplier award by Aircelle, which produces engine nacelles and thrust reversers for a full range of aircraft – from business jets to the A380. The award presentation was made during Aircelle’s international supplier conference, which was attended by more than 200 representatives of the company’s global supply chain.
“At Aircelle, we see Airbus from two points of view: the company is an extremely important customer for our own products, and it supplies us with a vital component of the nacelles we build for the A340 and A380,” said Aircelle Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Jean-Pierre Cojan. “Our award of excellence recognises Airbus Nantes for its customer-oriented approach, a record of on-time deliveries, and its responsiveness in providing support.”