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"Single Roof": a project tailormade for the Île-de-France region, built for the future

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The inauguration of the Single Roof project’s “Concorde” facility, a new integrated undertaking poised to broaden the scope of the Air France – KLM Group’s maintenance arm and further strengthen its leadership role in the sector. The result of a €30 million investment – maintained despite the advent and repercussions of the Covid 19 pandemic – this new facility, built for the next-generation engines of today and tomorrow that have become synonymous with the Île-de-France region around the Orly hub, will help bolster the Group’s competitiveness. 

The project houses numerous major developments: 

  • The new facility rallies all of the platform’s engine operations under one roof to prevent breaches in productivity and optimize engine MRO turnaround times.
  • It allows for a flatter organization thanks to redundant processes, simplified stewardship of projects, fewer interfaces.
  • Also, improved task allocations and workflows emerged from a collaborative process adhered to throughout the project which the teams bought into overwhelmingly.

This signature project for the region was made possible thanks to the financial support of Région Île-de-France (€1 M) and State funding (€800 K) under the France Relance program. The investments speak to the value of Air France’s MRO (maintenance, repair, overhaul) operations as agents of self-reliance and industrial excellence for France. The new facility, rendered necessary by the ongoing advancements in next-generation engines, illustrates how fruitful an impact industrial activity driven by technical innovation can have on regions, especially in terms of jobs

Engine shop Orly

Discover the new facility through a virtual and informative tour

virtual tour

Air France: a proactive employer in the Île-de-France region

Air France Industries accounts for over 2,500 jobs in the Orly area, including nearly 900 related to engine operations. More broadly, the Air France Group (Air France and Transavia) generates almost 7,000 direct jobs around Orly. For more than two years, the Single Roof project has helped trigger recruitment to fill positions aimed at enhancing and consolidating our teams. Air France fully embraces its social role as employer. As such, throughout the project, it has remained steadfast in its contribution to integrating Orly’s youth into the workplace. 

Air France continues to formally advocate for the importance of regions to be industrialized and productive. It is committed to fostering the learning of various industrial trades, and especially opening the way for more women to enter these trades. As always, it works hand in hand with regional communities and local authorities to ensure its involvement benefits the Greater Orly Area as a whole.

The project launched is helping drive employment in Orly, and more specifically within Air France’s industrial operations: the new facility has already produced nearly 97 new permanent hires since 2021. During that same period, 265 interns and 94 trainees were also hired. The trend continues in 2023 with 150 positions needing to be filled in management, non-management and trainee, mostly in production.

Also, the project sparked an opportunity to equip numerous management employees with new skills -- 50,000 hours, primarily on engine training.

Finally, with the support of local stakeholders, we developed an inclusive “engine maintenance” program in tandem with Association Jeremy and CFA des Métiers de l’Aérien, two centres that offer training and apprenticeships in aircraft trades. This has already resulted  in three collective vocational training promotions to date.

The Single Roof project illustrates just how much Air France’s roots in the region constitute an asset for its industrial operations and performance. The airline has always actively made its trades available  to the residents of Île-de-France, so that everyone could benefit from the many rich opportunities.

Both in industrial and social terms, thanks to the forward-thinking investment and project it inaugurated today, Air France is helping build tomorrow.

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