Last week, in Paris, Didier Evrard, Head of Programs at Airbus, was awarded the 2015 Icare prize by the France-based Association for Professional Aeronautics and Aerospace Journalists (AJPAE).
He received this accolade as Head of the A350 XWB Program, a role he held from 2007 to 2014.
This association of journalists wished to highlight the exemplary manner in which he led this ambitious program.
“I am very honoured by the award which is being given to me today,” stated Didier Evrard.
“The A350 XWB development is first and foremost a human adventure, a group effort, and the result of a united team, enriched by its diversity and experiences, committed and passionate.
It’s the consecration of several years of work for thousands of highly qualified and skilled people, both at Airbus and at our partners and suppliers.
The roadmap was very ambitious. Above all, it was necessary to accelerate technologies which were not yet fully mature in order to manufacture a carbon aircraft, establish industrial bases to support the suppliers and prepare for series production.
Together, we successfully confronted the challenges of developing a brand new, cutting-edge technology aircraft,” he added.
Based on the press release “Didier Evrard, Head of Programmes at Airbus, has been awarded the 2015 Icare Prize”