- Groupe Latécoère
The Groupe Latécoère is an aircraft company based in
Toulouse, France. Founded by Pierre-Georges Latécoèrein 1917, the company was known in the past particularly for its seaplanes. Today, the group is a major supplier of sections of aircraft fuselage and doors and is the second-largest European supplier of onboard electrical wire harnesses and avionicsbays with its Latelec subsidiary company.
The group is currently a member of the
CAC Small 90, and participates in all segments of aeronautics: commercial aircraft with Airbusand Boeing, regional planes with Embraerand Bombardier, business aircraft with Dassault Aviation, and military aircraft with Dassault and Airbus.
In 2000, Groupe Latécoère bought Czech aircraft company
In 2006, the group employed 3,412 people and its annual sales was €432 million.
* Latécoère 26
* Latécoère 29
* Latécoère 300
* Latécoère 522
Missile products for the
Airbus A330A340 (mid-fuselage upper shell)
* Airbus A340/500-600 (mid-fuselage upper shell and lower nose section)
Airbus A380(passenger doors, bulk cargo doors and lower nose section)
Airbus A320(passenger doors)
Boeing 787(passenger doors)
* Bombardier CRJ 700/900 (bulk cargo door)
* Embraer ERJ 170/175/190/195 (passenger doors, emergency exit door and forward and aft fuselage barrel section)
* Dassault Falcon 50 EX (Rear fuselage section)
Dassault Falcon 7X(baggage door and rear fuselage section)
* Dassault Falcon 900 B/EX (Rear fuselage section)
* Chairman of the Supervisory Board: François Junca
* President and CEO: François Bertrand
* CFO: Jean-Jacques Pignères
In popular culture
The name Latécoère is part of a "mystique" in France around the beginning of aviation and adventurers. It was part of a famous song by
Keren Ann, "Jardin d'Hiver", in its 3rd verse :
:"Je voudrais du Fred Astaire:Revoir un Latécoère:Je voudrais toujours te plaire:Dans mon jardin d'hiver"
A possibly even more popular (and arguably very gross) reference is found in "Lola Rastaquouère", a song by
Serge Gainsbourg, a famous and controversial French artist:
:"Comment oses-tu me parler d'amour toi, hein:Toi qui n'as pas connu Lola Rastaquouère:Je lui faisais le plein comme au Latécoère:Qui décolle en vibrant vers les cieux africains"
Latécoère is mentioned by name in the first sentence of Antoine de Saint Exupéry's famous autobiographical work, Wind, Sand, and Stars, (1936) - from the English translation:
"In 1926 I was enrolled as student airline pilot by the Latécoère Company, the predecessors of Aéropostale (now Air France) in the operation of the line between Toulouse, in southwestern France, and Dakar, in French West Africa."
* [http://www.latecoere.fr/ehomepag.html Company official site]
* [http://finance.google.com/finance?q=EPA:LAT Profile] on Google Finance.
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