About Airbus What we do

Airbus is an international pioneer in the aerospace industry. We are a leader in designing, manufacturing and delivering aerospace products, services and solutions to customers on a global scale. We aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

We make it fly

A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defence as well as Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader

Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international – with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than sixfold order book increase since 2000.

What we achieved in 2016

Industry leadership

Airbus is at the forefront of the aviation industry, building the most innovative commercial aircraft and consistently capturing about half of all commercial airliner orders. Thanks to its deep understanding of changing market needs, customer focus and technological innovation, Airbus helps airlines grow and people connect.

As the world’s No. 1 helicopter manufacturer, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to our customers, who serve, protect, save lives and safely carry passengers in highly demanding environments.

The company contributes to nations’ defence and security through its strong capabilities in military aircraft and cybersecurity markets. Airbus' space technologies also have a growing impact on our daily lives: from deep-space exploration and scientific missions to today’s most reliable telecommunications and Earth observation satellites.

Designing the future of flight

Innovation has always been a driving force at Airbus, which promotes cutting-edge technologies and scientific excellence to contribute to global progress. Through its predecessor companies, Airbus pioneered many of the technologies that helped conquer the skies and are now part of everyday life.

Airbus encourages its industry-leading experts to push their boundless imaginations, moving the company into the Industry 4.0 era and inventing new possibilities for the future of flight: from manned and unmanned vehicles for urban mobility, to hybrid and electric propulsion systems for cleaner aviation.

The E-Fan 2.0 version is an important stepping stone on Airbus' electric aircraft roadmap

A citizen of the world

Around 130 nationalities make up the Airbus workforce. By 2020, 25% of its employees will be women, underlining its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Airbus also recognises engagement and a strong leadership culture, headed by its CEO Tom Enders.

Looking beyond its own resources, Airbus is a signatory of the UN Global Compact and its work contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals. The company's people and equipment also help bring aid to disaster zones, and through the Airbus Foundation it is educating and inspiring youngsters, ensuring future generations of innovative scientists and engineers. 

More than 136,000 employees make up Airbus' global workforce

Shareholder investments and joint ventures

Airbus is a shareholder of the missile systems provider MBDA and a major partner in the Eurofighter consortium. It also owns 50% stakes in ATR, the turboprop aircraft maker, and Airbus Safran Launchers, manufacturer of the Ariane 6 launcher.

Commercial aircraft highlights

Airbus’ commercial aircraft product line comprises highly successful families of aircraft, ranging from 100 to more than 500 seats: the single-aisle A320 Family, including the A320neo, the best-selling aircraft in aviation history; the widebody, long-range A330 Family; the all-new, next-generation A350 XWB Family; and the double-deck A380.

New standards for eco-efficiency: the Airbus A350-1000

Helicopter highlights

Airbus’ civil portfolio includes the twin-engine H145 and H160, as well as the medium-class H175. The highlights of its military range are the NH90 multi-role helicopter for tactical transport and naval applications, and the Tiger medium-weight, air-to-air combat and fire support helicopter.

Cleaner and quieter: Airbus' innovative H160 medium helicopter

Defence and security highlights

Airbus has a strong market position in transport, mission and combat aircraft and services, with flagship products including the A400M airlifter, the A330 MRTT and the Eurofighter Typhoon combat aircraft. As a specialist in cybersecurity, Airbus protects governments, companies and critical infrastructures from threats.

The world's most versatile airlifter: A400M

Space highlights

Airbus is a major contributor to space exploration and human spaceflight, as well as a leading manufacturer of Earth observation, navigation, science and telecommunications satellites. Its portfolio ranges from the ExoMars rover and the European Service Module for the Orion spacecraft to the Ariane 5 launcher, to be followed in 2020 by the Ariane 6.

Airbus is prime contractor for the Orion's European Service Module