Safran believes its beleaguered interiors division hit a “trough” in the first six months of 2021, but is confident already improving sales and a flurry of orders will see the unit return to breakeven before the end of the year.

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Source: Safran

Seats are among the products hit by a collapse in airliner orders during the pandemic

The French aerospace group saw revenues for the former Zodiac business drop by almost 40%, to €646 million ($765 million), over the same period in 2020, which itself was impacted by the pandemic and the grounding of the Boeing 737 Max. Demand for business-class seats and aftermarket services were particularly affected.

The unit – which manufactures galleys, lavatories and cabin fittings as well as seats – secured key deals during the period, including from a Middle East airline which will fit its Boeing 737 Max aircraft with Vue business-class seats, and an Indian carrier, which will have Z200 economy-class seats line-fitted to 75 Airbus A320/A321 aircraft.

Safran’s chief finance officer Bernard Delpit says a “tremendous action plan” to cut costs has helped “reduce the breakeven point”, although he believes the decline in revenues has now reached its lowest point.