A leading supplier of aviation fuel, Total is also present in the aviation industry through its subsidiaries : Saft who provides batteries for aircrafts and Hutchinson, who manufactures materials for aviation.
[Paul Mannes, Vice President Aviation – Total]
Paul Mannes: Today we are at the Bourget airport, right next to where our refueling trucks are parked. A few hundred meters away from where the Paris Air Show is held.
We operate today in more than 300 airports and 700 aerodromes. We supply commercial aviation including the big airlines and general aviation which includes business aviation, individuals and the army, industries. The aerospace market profits from the increasing number of passengers and flights. Our sales of aviation fuel have continued to increase.
Total supplies the aerospace sector in three different ways: aviation fuel which teams from Total Aviation look after. Saft who provides batteries for the industry and of course Hutchinson for whom the aviation sector is one of the main distribution channels.
[Hervé Amossé, Executive Vice President Transportation, Telecom and Grid – Saft]
Hervé Amossé: We are on the market since the 1930s so we have 90 years’ experience which have shown our clients that we are high performing, reliable and safe. The batteries in an airplane serve two purposes. First of all, they start the engines and secondly, in the event of an electrical failure inside the aircraft, they provide a back-up electricity supply. We can say that an airplane with a Saft battery takes off every two seconds.
[Philippe Olivier, Senior Executive VP Aerospace, Defense and Industry – Hutchinson]
Philippe Olivier: Since 1910, we have been supplying airships with Hutchinson fabrics and then supplied planes with fabric for their wings, as well as tires. In the 1930s, we moved on to providing antivibration solutions for propeller motors. Today we are working on the future of the aerospace industry. There are many challenges facing aerospace in the years to come. I would name three of them. The first and most important is safety in the air. The second is the comfort, acoustic and thermal, of passengers in the cabin. The third but not the least is energy performance, developing solutions which will help consume less fuel and reduce the emissions of pollutants such as CO2.