Airbus, an EADS Company
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.
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- Aerospace & Air Transport
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Over 1000
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Airbus’ comprehensive product line comprises highly-successful families of aircraft ranging from 100 to more than 500 seats: the single-aisle A320 Family (including A320neo, the best-selling aircraft in aviation history); the widebody, long-range A330 Family (including the A330-200 Freighter, plus the recently-launched A330-800neo and -900neo); the new-generation A350 XWB Family; and the flagship A380.
A global presence
While headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus truly is “at home” all over the world. The company has expanded upon on its strong European roots to move forward on an international scale with fully-owned subsidiaries in the United States, China, Japan, India and in the Middle East; spare parts centres in Hamburg, Frankfurt, Washington, Beijing, Dubai and Singapore; training centres in Toulouse, Miami, Hamburg, Bangalore and Beijing; and more than 150 field service offices around the world.
To be even closer to customers, Airbus also is actively developing engineering, manufacturing and service capabilities in Europe, China, India, Russia, the Middle East, Singapore and the U.S.
Global diversity is a key enabler of Airbus' innovation strategy, highlighted by the multi-cultural workforce of more than 58,000, which includes over 100 nationalities from every region worldwide. With many different perspectives, the company can draw on a deeper pool of ideas and approaches in order to find better ways to fly.
Highly competitive on every level
Airbus is a top-performing enterprise – but never stands still. To fulfill its potential, the company must be constantly improving to meet customer needs and passenger desires.
To this end, Airbus has grown its aircraft product line to offer a complete solution that is highly competitive on every level – reinforced by the company's expanded service offer, as well as its increased global footprint. Additionally, Airbus' ambitious product policy ensures it stays ahead of the competition with continuous improvement.
Airbus also has become a more integrated company, working towards one common culture across its global workforce, as well as aligning processes and planning with the global supplier base.
Striving for the highest standards
Delivering aircraft on time, on cost and on quality – getting it right first time – drives Airbus policy with safety as the top priority in the design, building and performance of its aircraft.
Airbus’ customers expect quality in the aircraft they buy. Safety, reliability, comfort and maintenance costs are key areas where quality is crucial in an airline’s judgment of an aircraft.
To achieve the very highest standards in these and other aspects of an aircraft’s facets and performance the question of quality is addressed by Airbus at every stage from design to final assembly and beyond. Repeated checks are made. Tests are applied. Airbus ensures every supplier of parts meets the strictest standards on quality. Defective work, parts and materials are rejected.
Delivering aircraft on time, on cost and on quality – getting it right first time – is the goal Airbus continually strives for. As it ramps up production of both single-aisle and long-range aircraft, including the A350 XWB, to meet demand, Airbus knows setting even higher standards in quality is critical to maintaining its success.
Airbus has a network of key employees who identify problems at various stages of design, production and assembly and recommend action to eradicate them, pre-empting possibly costly delays at a later point.
These employees also ensure continuous improvement in standards and efficiency by pinpointing ways in which people could work better or where tools and materials could be improved.
Focusing on safe operations
Around 500 million passengers fly in Airbus aircraft each year. They trust the airlines to get them safely to their destinations. In turn the airlines and other operators trust Airbus. The Airbus name means reliability, quality, performance. But above all it means safety, the first priority for Airbus.
At every point in the design, manufacturing and assembly process Airbus ensures its work complies with certification targets laid down by the European Aviation Safety Authority and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. Before an aircraft achieves its final type certificate it must undergo around 1,200 hours of test flying.
But Airbus also works continually in the most effective way to improve the safety of its aircraft: by pro-actively identifying areas and events from which knowledge can be gained. The company also works with air safety organisations around the world to find new ways of improving standards. Safety is not a matter of competition in the aviation industry. Airbus shares its know-how with others to improve safety for everyone.
A brief overview
Airbus makes the freedom of flight possible, having evolved during the past 40 years thanks to the vision, innovation and passion of its employees.
The A300 became the world’s first twin-engine widebody jet with its commercial service entry during 1974. It was followed in the early 1980s by Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A310 derivative, then later that decade by the company’s single-aisle A320 – which has developed into one of the most successful aircraft families in history with the A318, A319, A320 and A321.
The 1990s saw Airbus introduce its long-range A330/A340 Family, and a new era of airline travel started in 2007 when the 525-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market requirements, Airbus also launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner – which brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies.
To maintain its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line – including development of the A320neo (new engine option) version, its A330neo variant and more. The company’s international production network also has been significantly expanded over the years, highlighted by its single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin, China, along with the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility for A320 Family jetliners – the construction of which began in Mobile, Alabama during 2013.
A brief history of Airbus
The A300 became the world’s first twin-engine widebody jet with its commercial service entry during 1974. It was followed in the early 1980s by Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A310 derivative, then later that decade by the company’s single-aisle A320 – which has developed into one of the most successful aircraft families in history with the A318, A319, A320 and A321. The 1990s saw Airbus introduce its long-range A330/A340 jetliner Family, and a new era of airline travel started in 2007 when the 525-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market requirements, Airbus also launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner – which brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced technologies – during the 21st century’s opening decade, with initial deliveries scheduled to begin in 2014.To maintain its competitive edge, Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line – including development of the A320neo (new engine option) version, its A330 Regional variant for domestic use and more. The company’s international production network also has been significantly expanded over the years, highlighted by its single-aisle final assembly line in Tianjin, China, along with the A320 Family final assembly facility in Mobile, Alabama, USA – the construction of which began in 2013. Click on the image to play the video.