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Set Up a Company in the Aviation Sector in France

Updated on Wednesday 12th December 2018

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Set-up-a-company-in-the-aviation-sector-in-FranceFrance is one of the largest aviation parts producers in Europe and in the world, according to several statistics, therefore opening a company in the aviation sector could be one of the most profitable ways of doing business in this country. Whether manufacturing parts for this sector or providing air transportation services, foreign investors are welcomed to open companies in the aviation industry in France.

Our French company formation agents can offer information on the provisions of the Aviation Law which investors must respect if starting a business in this sector.

Company registration in France

Both foreign and local investors must follow the same procedures when setting up a company in the aviation industry in France. These procedures begin with the preparation of the documents related to the company formation process in France. Following that, they must submit these documents together with their personal information and the details of the company directors with the local Companies Register in France.

The most appropriate type of structure for a business in the French aviation industry is the public company as it is more suitable for large businesses. Our company registration consultants in France can assist with the incorporation of this type of company.

Special licenses for the aviation industry in France

Once the company is registered with the Trade Register, the company will be required to apply for the necessary licenses to begin its operations. Companies supplying air transportation services must comply with the requirements of the Ministry of Transport in France and with the Code of Aviation. In order to obtain an operating license in the transportation industry, a company must comply with the following requisites:

  • -          the management place of the company must be in France;
  • -          over 50% of the company must be managed by a local or by EU residents;
  • -          the company must have a valid Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC);
  • -          the company must have an insurance which covers both the company and the passengers using their services;
  • -          the company must have a valid business plan for its two first years of activities.

Pilots in France must obtain certain licenses which will allow them to pilot private or commercial airplanes. An useful information is that according to most of France’s double tax treaties international air transportation is exempt from certain taxes.

For full information on how to establish a company in the French aviation sector, please contact our company registration representatives.



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Call us now at +33 9 73 22 01 51 to set up an appointment with our lawyers in Paris, France. Alternatively you can incorporate your company without traveling to France.

As a BridgeWest client, you will beneficiate from the joint expertize of local lawyers and international consultants. Together we will be able to offer you the specialized help you require for your business start-up in France.



Starting a company in France can be difficult since it involves such complex procedures. The team from CompanyFormationFrance is very qualified and benefits from extensive expertise in this area.
Mihai Cuc, Partner of
Enescu & Cuc Law Firm
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