Aircelle, ACE expand scope of cooperation on U.S. nacelle services

Engine nacelle manufacturer Aircelle has signed an agreement to enlarge the scope of jet engine thrust reverser and nacelle repair and services to be performed by Applied Composites Engineering (ACE).

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The Safran group's Aircelle (Paris, France) business unit on April 4 signed an agreement to enlarge the scope of jet engine thrust reverser and nacelle repair and services performed by Applied Composites Engineering (ACE, Indianapolis, Ind., USA) in the United States, building on three years of successful cooperation.

The new agreement sets the framework to expand ACE's maintenance, repair, overhaul and services activities for Aircelle with jet engines that power regional airlines and business jets in the Americas.

It follows the work performed by ACE since early 2009 on Aircelle-manufactured thrust reversers on three regional airliners for the following platforms: Embraer's ERJ 145, powered by AE 3007 jet engines; along with the Embraer 170 and 175, which are equipped with CF34 engines. During a three-year period, ACE has processed several hundred thrust reversers at its Indianapolis, Ind., facility.

"ACE fully shares Aircelle's values in providing the best in maintenance, repair and overhaul services," says Marc Laubreaux, senior vice president of customer service at Aircelle. "Today's agreement allows us to pursue new prospects in the Americas, and is fully aligned with Aircelle's strategy to expand its services network in key global markets, working with proven and reliable partners."

Aircelle produces nacelles and thrust reversers for a full range of jet engines, including powerplants used on regional and mid-sized airliners, as well as business jets. ACE is an established U.S. repair services provider, operating FAA-certified facilities at its Indianapolis headquarters and in a satellite station in Columbus, Ohio. The company, which started in 1982 as a small composites shop supporting the Formula 1 racing industry, subsequently focused its business activities in the business jet, commercial aviation and military sectors.

"We look forward to growing the relationship with Aircelle, building on our excellent affiliation by using ACE's U.S. presence and expertise to create new cooperative business opportunities," said ACE president Leigh Sargent. "Together, we will examine the full range of possibilities in serving Aircelle for the Americas marketplace."