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Every 15 years, international air traffic doubles and by 2035, China's needs will equal those of all European countries. The needs for new aircrafts is increasingly pressing but industrial capacity and supply chains are limited. The civil aviation sector is under pressure. Geostrategic uncertainty is also reviving military equipment programmes and exports. Industry players need to be able to ramp up their capacity and design and rapidly market solutions.

Sopra Steria helps you to address aerospace market challenges:

  • efficiency: faster, lower-cost production is vital, while maintaining the highest quality and safety levels. These challenges must also be addressed while maintaining an appropriate level of after-sales service and profitable financial performance.
  • adaptive maintenance: Airlines need to adjust their services and maintenance to the increasing number of flights.
  • air traffic management: managing passenger and aircraft flows, taking into account increasing traffic. Anticipating integration of Vertical Take-off and Landing aircraft (VTOL) and drones into the urban landscape.
  • from product to services: offer services that can be monetised, stand out from the competition, and enable greater flexibility (e.g. offer aircraft leasing by flight time not by fleet).

Data as a business accelerator

Against a backdrop of increased production, performance and service requirements, our experts use data to help you stand out in the civil and military aeronautics and space sector.

Our comprehensive offer, from consultancy to integration and maintenance, allows you to reduce the number of interfaces, while enhancing your value chain.

Building the aerospace industry of the future together

At Sopra Steria, our teams combine their expertise with that of our subsidiary specialising in Product Lifecycle Management, CIMPA. We have a dedicated business unit Aeroline that encompasses the engineering, manufacturing, customer services and Air Traffic Management business lines. Over 4,000 employees from six countries around the world have been supporting key industry stakeholders for several years, working closely with your teams to share our know-how, both locally and internationally.

We combine your knowledge and ours across your entire value chain.

A results-oriented value proposal for the aeronautics and space

We draw on the best innovations to meet your current and future challenges. With life-cycle management for products and services, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and simulation using Digital Twin, we ensure you can guarantee optimal product and services performance throughout your value chain while meeting your security challenges.

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Airbus - First flight of the A350 XWB

Jul 22, 2019, 10:22 AM
Title : Airbus - First flight of the A350 XWB
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The first flight of the new Airbus A350 XWB, on 14 June 2013, was widely hailed at this year’s Salon du Bourget air show.

The first flight of the new Airbus A350 XWB, on 14 June 2013, was widely hailed at this year’s Salon du Bourget air show. The Sopra Steria Aeroline  teams played an active role in this success. Their contribution included assisting with the on-board computing system, the flight-tests for the new  engines, digital simulations, technical documentation.

Context and challenges

The A350 XWB is a particularly innovative aircraft,  especially with regard to the consideration of  environmental and economic concerns. With half  of the structure formed of composite material, this  particularly lightweight aeroplane will post a lower fuel  consumption, thus meeting the expectations of airlines.

Sopra Steria added value

More than 400 Sopra Steria employees assisted  Airbus in several projects relating to the A350 XWB


 (Scientific, Technical, Industrial and on-board Engineering)

This team was involved with:

  • The on-board computing systems. Sopra Steria developed a selection of on-board software applications, in particular the aircraft’s secondary flight controls.
  • The preparation and monitoring of the flight tests for the new engines. The A350 XWB is equipped with a new generation of Rolls Royce engines. Highly specific test campaigns had to be conducted in order to verify their reliability. Acting as an operator in the control room during the first flight, in direct communication with the pilots, Sopra Steria played a very active role in these tests.
  • The development of tools for the processing of flight test data. The processing of this considerable volume of data requires specific tools, which had to be developed.
  • Digital simulations of the systems. Even though the systems are still undergoing development, these enable the simulation of their behaviour when altering various parameters. The development of the entire system thus progresses by means of successive validations, leading to the overall finalisation.
  • The development and adaptation of specific tools, design methods and processes with certification. Sopra Steria thus assisted a team of more than 2,000 designers at the Airbus design office.

AEROLINE SIG TEAM (Information & Management Systems)

For its part, a second team provided important associated services:

  • The aircraft technical documentation, mandatory prior to the delivery of any aircraft to a customer.
  • Associated services such as training, the publication of the progress of the production schedules, incident monitoring, maintenance… have also undergone developments.
For 2 years, Sopra Steria engineers in France and India  had contributed to the integration of the new functions  of the A350 into the existing information systems.

Customer benefits

  • Benefit from the support of a multi-disciplinary partner, assisting Airbus with its large-scale projects
  • Optimise the costs of development thanks to the support of Sopra Steria’s offshore teams
  • Realise scheduling objectives: 1st flight in June 2013
Our Aeroline teams cover a wide range of technical and operational skills. This rich potential, reinforced by a high level of motivation, contributes to our preoccupation with always remaining as close as possible to our various internal customers at Airbus. As such, we have put in place suitable mechanisms, including our Indian teams, in order to respond to the challenges posed by all of the projects that are assigned to us. Furthermore, our increase in value has enabled us to get involved upstream, increasing the customer’s understanding of our profession. It is the group as a whole that must be acknowledged regarding this success, and thus we will continue forwards, strengthened by this identity and the trust that Airbus places in us.


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Contact our experts

Philippe Armandon

Director of Consulting Aerospace & Industrial Operations Excellence, Sopra Steria


Alicia Gonzalez

Aeroline Vertical co-leader & Account Manager, Sopra Steria


Richard Wolff

Aerospace Head Office Partner, Sopra Steria