Boeing, Safran Name APU Venture Initium Aerospace

 - February 13, 2019, 9:47 AM

Boeing and Safran have named their joint venture to design, build, and service APUs Initium Aerospace, the companies announced Wednesday. The name choice follows regulatory and antitrust approvals the 50-50 joint venture received in November, five months after the partners reached a final agreement.

"This is an exciting milestone as we bring together the best of both companies to design and build an advanced APU that will create more lifecycle value for our customers," said Boeing Global Services president and CEO Stan Deal. "This is further proof that Boeing is making strategic investments that strengthen our vertical capabilities and continue to expand our services portfolio."

Perhaps more significantly, the arrangement will give Boeing an in-house capacity for APU provision, turning respective Tier 1 suppliers for the 737 and 787, Honeywell and United Technologies, into competitors rather than partners in the field.

Led by Initium Aerospace CEO Etienne Boisseau, the joint venture’s team consists of employees from the two parent companies. Work has begun work in San Diego, California, the site of initial APU design, engineering, and production collaboration.  

Safran has built APUs since 1962 and now supplies a line whose largest member can produce up to 500 shp. Larger APUs from Honeywell appear in both the 737 and Airbus A320, while APUs from UTC subsidiary Pratt & Whitney provide auxiliary power for the 787 and Airbus A380.