Airbus has always been a pioneer in the aerospace industry’s evolution, promoting cutting-edge technologies and scientific excellence to contribute to global progress. Today we are shaping the future of flight.
Airbus’ innovative vision
We are constantly testing, questioning and pushing ourselves further. We cultivate a project-focused culture built on calculated risk-taking and open collaboration. We focus on breakthrough technologies and business models with an emphasis on projects that determine the role of flight in everyone’s lives.
Now more than ever, we encourage our industry-leading experts to push their boundless imaginations and invent new possibilities for a better connected, safer and more prosperous world. By creating a productive and collaborative environment and using demonstrators to test and roll out new technologies quickly, we believe that we can change the way we live, travel and interact for the better, sooner.
R&D investment by Airbus in 2015
patents held by Airbus worldwide
Shaping the way we live, travel and interact
Latest Innovation News
Vahana Configuration Trade study
Project Vahana is developing an aircraft which doesn’t need a runway, is self-piloted, and can automatically detect and avoid obstacles and other aircraft.Read more
Our R&T focus areas
Technology planning and road-mapping enables us to not only map out the capabilities of our current portfolio of products and technologies, but also to discover evolutionary pathways across all roadmaps, leading to a more agile, responsive and cohesive way of working that capitalises on all our resources.
Building on this road map, we’re focused on specific research and development areas that we believe will be the key drivers in building the future of flight.
Development of electric and hybrid-electric propulsion will enable quieter and cleaner aircraft, such as the E-Fan, and open up new markets and applications.More about electrification
Urban Air Mobility
Flight will fundamentally change the future model of urban transportation. Our key projects are Vahana, CityAirbus and Skyways.More on Urban Air Mobility
Design & Digital Factory
The Digital Factory will make greater use of cyber-physical production systems, such as augmented technologies and automation.More about Design & Digital Factory
Connected fleet and data analytics. By harnessing and analysing the wealth of product-generated data, we deliver insights and responses that provide real value for our customers.More about connected fleet
New business models
We’re looking at changing the ways that we and our customers operate, exploring how digital technologies can improve performance, boost innovation and become more agile.More about new business models
Exchanging with the global research community
Company-wide research and technology development supports future product generations, boosting investment in divisional R&T portfolios. We’re also building relationships within the global research community, hosting some of the world’s best researchers to facilitate the exchange of data, facilities and knowledge with our own R&T and engineering communities.
Driving forward digitalisation
Airbus is undergoing a transformation to lay the foundations of competitiveness in a digital world. We aim to establish a digital culture throughout the entire company to tackle challenges and capitalise on opportunities.
Across Airbus, a digital community of more than 8,600 members are following or working on no fewer than 450 projects as part of the digital transformation programme, from design and manufacturing to support and exciting new product ideas.
Key to the digital transformation is a shift from being product-driven to being data-driven, and embedding new solutions into the way the company operates – changing processes, tools and ways of working. Looking forward, the opportunities far outweigh the risks.
Our extended ecosystem and leading innovators
Paul Eremenko, Airbus Chief Technology Officer
Eremenko formerly led the company’s A3 Innovation Centre based in San Jose, California. He is an aeronautics and astronautics engineer (M.I.T., Caltech) and worked at Google, Motorola and DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency.
Marc Fontaine, Head of Airbus Digital Transformation Office
Fontaine embraces the accelerating pace of technological and business model evolution as Airbus’ new digital transformation officer. The former Airbus company secretary and chief of staff of the Airbus CEO will focus on the operational deployment of digital projects.
Rodin Lyasoff, Chief Executive Officer of A³
Previously a project executive at A³, Airbus’ disruptive innovation outpost in Silicon Valley, Lyasoff is an accomplished leader in technologies such as autonomous flying vehicles, flight controls, software, systems and simulation. He served as lead controls and software engineer on UAV programs like the AAI Shadow and NASA’s Mars Flyer Demonstrator.
Learn more: Visit A³ website
Bruno Gutierres, Director of BizLab
The former head of Airbus Business Nursery, Gutierrez emphasizes the value creation of BizLab, Airbus’ aerospace business accelerator for start-ups and intrapreneurs, both within and outside the aerospace eco-system. By bringing together the two worlds, the goal is to gradually introduce start-up logic at Airbus while getting access to the newest technologies and ways of working.
Come invent with us!
Today’s Airbus provides fertile ground for digital innovators. We welcome big data experts, augmented reality explorers and others to capitalise on our resources as a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The diversity of our talent and technology drives innovation, integration and internationalisation. And now, you have the opportunity to play a critical role in our digital transformation.
Innovation and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Airbus is committed to fostering innovation to become an eco-efficient and sustainable enterprise, a more profitable company where environmental performance helps to drive growth.
Get to know our innovators
Forging new leaders Kristy Anamoutou
Connecting researchers and leaders from different fields and challenging their assumptions in the process creates the kind of environment innovation needs.View Story
Rise of 3D printing John Meyer
3D printing unshackles innovators like Jon Meyer from the constraints of traditional manufacturingView Story