Celebrating 50 years of Airbus’ European manufacturing system

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On his first day as Airbus CEO, Guillaume Faury highlighted Airbus 50th anniversary as a chance to reflect on who we are and where we come from.

In the late 1960s, an ambition to challenge the existing monopoly in the aerospace sector inspired a new, simple yet bold idea: extensive industrial collaboration between several European countries. First between France and Germany, then with Spain and the United Kingdom. Airbus is a European project that has built its success on distributing its industrial organisation across Europe, sharing skills and encouraging mobility of employees in EU countries, with a constant appetite for innovation. Airbus stands today as a symbol of European cooperation – a unique feature deeply embedded in our company’s culture serving our competitiveness.

Taking advantage of the European single market, Airbus has been able to put in place an industrial organisation which makes it today a fully integrated and efficient European manufacturer in the field of aerospace and defence.

Explore more in detail Airbus’ industrial organization.



50 years pioneering progress

What we do

As a proven leader in the global aerospace sector, Airbus designs, produces and delivers innovative solutions with the aim to create a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

These cutting-edge products and services – which span the commercial aircraft, helicopter, defence, security and space segments – benefit our wide-ranging expertise and continued emphasis on innovation.

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.

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