Safran Transmission aggregate billion hours of flight record
December 6, 2017: Polish mechanical power transmission giant, Safran Transmission Systems has set a new milestone of a billion hours of flight on its power transmission systems.
Till date it has delivered over 36,000 pieces of equipment aggregating a billion hours of flight for commercial, military and helicopter applications.
It’s a top score since Safran entered into the service of its first aircraft I n April 1982, which was powered by the CFM56-2 engine –a McDonnell Douglas DC-8.
According to reports, Safran Transmission Systems delivered its first power transmission system to the CFM International in 1980. This marked the beginning of a ground-breaking collaboration on the CFM56 engine range, which continued with the LEAP engine—the successor of CFM56.
A decade later, British aero engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce decided to collaborate with Safran Transmission Systems to provide engines from the Trent family for Airbus A340, A330 and Boeing 777.
With its unwavering confidence in the regional aircraft market, Rolls-Royce supplied power transmission systems from the BR700 engine range, and recently the engine for the Gulfstream G650 aircraft.
Subsequently, in 2015, Safran and Rolls-Royce created Aero Gearbox International—a joint venture to develop, produce and conduct operational maintenance of power transmission systems (ADT) for all Rolls-Royce commercial engines.
Incidentally, the Airbus 330neo, which is equipped with the Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engine made its maiden flight recently, marking the partnership's first success.
Safran Transmissions Systems is also a key partner of Dassault Aviation since 1984. It has supplied the M88 (Safran Aircraft Engines) engine's power transmission system, and the aircraft-mounted accessory drive for Dassault's Rafale aircraft.
Meanwhile, several years of proven expertise in mechanical transmission systems has helped Safran to collaborate on the Airbus A400M programme powered by Europrop International (EPI) in 2003, and subsequently venture into the helicopter market in 2006 with the H175 for Airbus Helicopter.