France

December 17, 2007 - 9:36am

Serge Dassault, 79-year-old patriarch of leading business and military aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation, at last has realized his dream of becoming a French lawmaker following his election to the French Senate at the end of September. Meanwhile, his newly acquired daily newspaper is already causing him a headache.

November 27, 2007 - 9:32am

French air accident investigators have recently recommended that English be used for all ATC communication at major airports in France. The advisory is part of a preliminary report by the Bureau Enquete Accidents (BEA) into a May 25, 2000, accident at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport in which a twin-turboprop Shorts 330 operated by UK carrier Streamline Aviation collided with an Air Liberte  MD-83 on takeoff.

October 12, 2007 - 10:28am

Reims Aviation, one of Europe’s few remaining independent light aircraft manufacturers and subcontractors, has been saved from bankruptcy. The Reims, eastern France commercial court lifted the bankruptcy protection order on the company but said it should be broken up and sold in two parts, with 164 of the 461 employees losing their jobs.

October 4, 2007 - 7:50am

Twin Jet, the largest French operator of Beechcraft 1900 turboprops since the demise last year of R-lines, continues its growth following the addition in March of two new regional routes. By year-end it expects to add at least two more links.

July 5, 2007 - 5:50am

The ATR Assembly of Members has named Stéphane Mayer, 44, CEO of the company effective June 1. Mayer succeeds Filippo Bagnato, whose three-year mandate expired at the end of May and who now serves as chairman of the board of directors.

May 11, 2007 - 11:09am

Paris Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 211) is on schedule with a major redevelopment program aimed at protecting its status as Europe’s busiest business aviation airport. And with traffic continuing to grow in impressive double-digit figures, it would appear this is well timed.

March 22, 2007 - 7:46am

Twin Jet, the largest French operator of Beechcraft 1900 turboprops since the demise last year of R-lines, continues its growth following the addition in March of two new regional routes. By year-end it expects to add at least two more links.

December 26, 2006 - 5:18am

Dr. Lutz Bertling, former managing director of Eurocopter Deutschland, took over as president and CEO of Eurocopter in October last year and has also been appointed as a member of parent company EADS’s executive committee. He is the first German to head the Marignane, France-based manufacturer, founded as a Franco-German company in 1992.

December 15, 2006 - 11:19am

Snecma, the leading French aerospace engine and equipment-manufacturing group is no more. A series of moves has transformed it from the government-controlled producer of the successful CFM aircraft engines with General Electric of the U.S. into a private undertaking that last month merged with telecommunications group Sagem to form Safran.

December 14, 2006 - 8:11am

France’s beleaguered President Jacques Chirac opened the 46th Paris Air Show here at Le Bourget yesterday. While his visit is intended primarily to cheerlead the country’s own aerospace and defense industry, he has lately proved to be a best friend to foreign exhibitors, too.

 
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