Airbus Group is a European industrial flagship which unites the capabilities of three market leaders: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. Combining European heritage with global outreach, the diversity of our talent and technology drives innovation, integration and internationalisation.
A global pioneer
From 89,000 in 2000, we have raised our total workforce to more than 144,000 today
The Airbus Group operates in more than 170 locations worldwide. Most of the Company’s order book and growing industrial footprint now lies beyond its European borders. Such examples can be seen in aircraft final assembly lines in Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Alabama (US). We also produce helicopters in Brazil, maintain research centres in Singapore, India, the US, China and Russia, and we run Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) hubs on five continents.
Airbus Group’s strong European roots
As the largest aerospace and defence company in Europe, the Airbus Group is proud of its European roots and achievements. We make a vital and growing contribution to the economies of our home countries, France, Germany, Spain and the UK, and around 35,500 of our suppliers (or 65% of our total spend) are in our home markets. We also help to preserve European competitiveness on the world stage: since our foundation in 2000, we have created 15,000 new high-tech jobs in Europe alone.
The Group’s Annual Report 2013
Increased revenues and profitability, a rising order book, progress on key development programmes, a successful management transition and the continued focus on innovation and internalisation – 2013 was a good year for Airbus Group (formerly EADS).
Setting the standard for the aviation industry
Airbus is a leading global manufacturer of the most innovative commercial aircraft. Its comprehensive product line comprises highly successful families of aircraft, ranging from 100 to more than 500 seats, from the single-aisle A320 Family to the double-deck A380. More than 6,000 Airbus aircraft are currently in operation and Airbus consistently captures approximately half of all commercial airliner orders.
Airbus’ focus on evolutionary technology
Over the last 44 years, Airbus has built a reputation on reacting to market demands, developing and evolving its products to meet the needs of customers and the wider world. As such, technological innovation has been at the core of Airbus’ strategy since its creation.
The A320neo (new engine option) is the latest upgrade to the A320 Family. These new A319, A320 and A321 models feature new engines and large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. Together they result in a 15% fuel-burn reduction, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of 3,600 tonnes per aircraft.
In the wide-body segment, the A350 XWB brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies to shape the efficiency of medium- to long-haul operations. The aircraft’s innovative all-new carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. Meanwhile, the combination of low operating costs, flexibility and optimised performance makes the A330 Family popular with an ever-increasing operator base.
The A380 provides airlines with the best opportunities to optimise revenue across their networks, with more seats for growth, connecting traffic and higher yields by offering more capacity when and where people want to fly.
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A330: the A330 Family covers all market segments with one twin-engine aircraft type and is designed to carry between 250 and 300 passengers. There is also a dedicated cargo variant, the A330-200F.
A320: Airbus’ A320 Family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321. Each aircraft shares the same systems, cockpit, operating procedures and cross-section.
A350 XWB: the new A350 XWB mid-sized wide-body aircraft will offer improved fuel efficiency, reduced emissions and lower noise levels during departure, cruise and arrival.
A380: the double-deck A380 is the world’s largest commercial aircraft. It offers superior economic performance, lower fuel consumption, less noise and reduced emissions.
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Europe’s No.1 defence and space company
Airbus Defence and Space is Europe’s No. 1 defence and space company. Worldwide, it ranks second for space and is among the top 10 defence companies, with revenues of approximately €14 billion per year. Composed of four business lines – Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Communication and Intelligence & Security (CIS), and Electronics – Airbus Defence and Space brings together a wide portfolio to continue to meet the complex needs of its customers, contribute to nations’ defence and security, and secure Europe’s sovereign and independent access to space.
Expertise on systems integration, communication and transportation
“Together, we form a world-class company for defence and space, of which we can be truly proud”
Airbus Defence and Space is well placed to play a leading role in the markets for future unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as combat, transport and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft (ISR). Some of the products armed forces can rely on are the swing-role combat aircraft Eurofighter Typhoon, the multi-role military airlifter A400M and the multi-role transport and tanker aircraft A330 MRTT.
With its unique expertise in commercial launchers, satellites and orbital systems, Airbus Defence and Space also serves institutional customers like the European Space Agency (ESA), national civil and defence agencies, and commercial customers. Its portfolio contains the high-power, dual-launch Ariane 5 launcher and major contributions to the International Space Station (ISS) such as the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). The Division also develops Earth observation, navigation and science satellites, and communications satellites for telephone, television and internet services.
In the domain of satellite and terrestrial communication systems, intelligence and security, Airbus Defence and Space offers innovative and modular solutions to best serve governments, defence institutions, security and public safety agencies, oil and gas organisations, and commercial customers.
The Division also provides high-performance equipment for defence and security markets, including radars and Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, electronic warfare sensors and systems, avionics, space platform and payload electronics, and optronics.
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As the world's reference for heavy-lift launchers, Ariane 5 carries payloads weighing more than 10 metric tons to geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) and over 20 metric tons into low-Earth orbit (LEO). Airbus Defence and Space is the prime contractor for the launcher.
The versatile all-new airlifter for the 21st century: the A400M was designed to meet the needs of the world’s armed forces.
Developed by Airbus DS, Europe’s first Mars rover will have an unmatched capability to autonomously navigate up to 70 metres a day with no outside guidance from ground control. The mission launch is planned for 2018.
Alphasat is the world’s most sophisticated commercial communications satellite, designed and built by Airbus Defense and Space for Inmarsat. The spacecraft, the first Alphabus-based satellite, entered commercial service in November 2013.
Typhoon: the latest-generation Eurofighter is the world's most advanced new generation multi-role/swing-role combat aircraft.
Airbus Defence and Space business lines
What goes where? The infographic shows which products are part of which business line and how the business lines Military Aircraft, Space Systems, Communication, Intelligence & Security and Electronics collaborate within Airbus Defence and Space.
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The world’s primary helicopter manufacturer
Airbus Helicopters is the world’s No. 1 civil and parapublic helicopter manufacturer, with a 30% share of the global fleet. The company’s civil helicopter range extends from the EC120 light helicopter to the EC225 Super Puma, and from the AS550 C3 Fennec to the Tiger on the military side.
From the high-speed X3 to the future X4
Airbus Helicopters pursues a strategy of product innovation, internationalisation, service expansion and operational improvement. One of the keys to its success is technological excellence, as shown by its X3 high-speed hybrid helicopter demonstrator, which combines vertical take-off and landing capabilities with a fast cruise speed of more than 255 kts. Likewise, the company’s successful unmanned helicopter demonstrator realises a future in which helicopters are piloted from the ground – particularly promising for dangerous missions performed in natural disaster and war zones.
In the civil sector, Airbus Helicopters is pursuing a fast-paced product range renewal. The latest products entering into service in 2014 are the twin-engine EC145 T2 and the medium-class EC175. Also underway is the development of Airbus Helicopters’ X4 rotorcraft, which will offer significantly improved performance, less fuel consumption and lower sound levels.
The highlights of Airbus Helicopters’ military range are the NH90 and Tiger helicopters. The NH90 has been developed as a multi-role helicopter for both tactical transport (TTH) and naval (NFH) applications. The Tiger is a medium-weight, air-to-air combat and fire-support helicopter with twin engines. Airbus Helicopters also produces the UH-72 Lakota – a militarised version of the EC145 — for the US Army’s Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) programme.
In addition, the company is significantly expanding its service offering with the goal of enhancing aircraft availability, mission performance and cost-effectiveness for its customers.
A selection of Airbus Helicopters’ images
The EC145 T2 is the newest light twin-engine, multi-purpose helicopter in the Airbus Helicopters product range.
A joint development between Airbus Helicopters and AVIC II Corporation of China, the EC175 is a multi-role civil helicopter in the 7-tonne category.
The EC225 is recognised as the reference for offshore and passenger transport missions.
The NH90 multi-role tactical transport and naval helicopter is a co-development with Agusta-Westland and Fokker Aerostructures.
The Tiger combat attack helicopter covers four variants, which have been ordered by France, Germany, Spain and Australia.
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