Accelerating aircraft dismantling in the context of the pandemic

The aeronautical industry was heavily affected by the pandemic – the global aircraft fleet was grounded for many long months, leading to unprecedented financial losses and a rise in the need for dismantling.

With nearly 230 aircraft at its three sites in southern France and Spain (up from 150 in 2019), Tarmac Aerosave accelerated the research it was already doing to review its operating methods in order to respond better to demand for aircraft disassembly, secure its processes and adjust the size of its business accordingly.

Tarmac Aerosave called on SUEZ Consulting and its partner BatirRIM to help industrialise its dismantling process.

Funding the project effectively

SUEZ Consulting has developed recognised, specific expertise in supporting industrial players that want to identify and position their projects within the new green finance ecosystem.

By developing an approach focused on the client’s expectations and its existing ecosystem, our experts have established a three-stage support methodology to locate public funding:
  1.    Analysing the project
    • Exchanging project data (subject to a confidentiality agreement)
    • Focusing on resource management (water, waste, energy)
    • Economic focus (jobs, local impact etc.)
  2.    Contacting funding windows
    • Contact established by SUEZ Consulting teams
    • Meeting attended by Tarmac Aerosave
  3.    Putting applications together
    • Technical documents produced by our teams
    • Help in drafting the administrative documentation
    • Following up the application until the subsidy is awarded

80% funding for the first industrial phase

SUEZ Consulting coordinated the launch of the project and the search for funding and partners. The teams also provided project client support with the dismantling process and the management of secondary raw material flows, while managing the regulatory aspects applying to an installation classified for environmental protection (ICPE).

After a year of studies, partners were identified and funding streams located. A lean management audit was also organised with the OPEO consultancy firm.

This support led to funding from central government and the Occitanie region for the first industrial design phase, covering 80% of the investment required.

Investigations began with the aim of defining an improved organisation, guiding investment decisions and ensuring the feasibility of scaling up to an industrial level.


of the investment needed for the first phase financed by public funds