Emirates and Safran Seal Major $1.2B Aircraft Enhancement Deal 

Under the legal guidance of Rick Ward, Group General Counsel (pictured), Emirates, one of the world’s largest international airline, has entered into contracts with Safran valued at over $1.2 billion. The major deal includes a $1 billion agreement for Safran Seats to supply the latest generation seats for Emirates’ new fleet of Airbus A350, Boeing 777X-9, and existing Boeing 777-300 aircraft. 

The comprehensive agreement covers Business, Premium Economy, and Economy class seats for the Airbus A350 and Boeing 777X-9, introducing enhanced comfort, privacy, and convenience features. These new seats will redefine the in-flight experience with spacious designs, luxurious features, stylish finishes, and cutting-edge technology in each cabin class. 

Emirates’ investment in Safran is a significant export order for the French company and underscores the airline’s commitment to ongoing partnerships in France and Europe. 

Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline, emphasized the importance of Safran’s role in shaping the future of Emirates’ cabins through innovative design and advanced technologies. This collaboration not only strengthens the Emirates-Safran partnership but also contributes to the aviation manufacturing and broader value chain in France and Europe. 

Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran, expressed pride in the longstanding alliance with Emirates, emphasizing Safran’s dedication to providing innovative solutions for aircraft interiors and critical equipment. The agreements set the stage for Safran’s continued growth alongside Emirates, a global market leader. 

Beyond seats, Safran Cabin will supply Galley shipsets for Emirates’ A350 fleet, adhering to the airline’s high standards of quality and design. Safran Landing Systems will provide high-performance wheels and carbon brakes for the Emirates A350 fleet, offering weight savings and improved cooling for shorter turnaround times. 

Safran Passenger Innovations will deliver its RAVE AeroConnect Ka solution, providing Emirates with unrivaled flexibility in inflight connectivity across multiple providers and frequencies. 

In addition to outfitting Emirates’ new fleet, Safran is actively engaged in the airline’s current retrofit program, contributing new seats for the Boeing 777 and Airbus A380. Furthermore, Safran Landing Systems will provide exclusive services to Emirates for Nose Landing Gear overhaul for the A380 fleet. 

Emirates has also signed a 10-year service agreement with Safran Aerosystems, covering repair and maintenance for Boeing 777 safety and cabin systems components. Safran Aerosystems’ facility in the Middle East, near Al-Maktoum Airport in Dubai, will enhance Emirates’ operational efficiency through tailored support services.