What we do

Airbus Group is a European industrial flagship which unites the capabilities of three market leaders: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters.

The Airbus Group is a global pioneer in aeronautics, space and defence related services, creating cutting-edge technology. Combining European heritage with global outreach, the diversity of our talent and technology drives innovation, integration and internationalisation. This shapes the company we are today and our vision for the future, helping the world cope with the incredible challenges it faces.

Airbus Group’s growing global footprint


The Airbus Group operates across the globe in more than 170 locations worldwide. Most of the company’s order book and growing industrial footprint now lie beyond its European borders. Such examples can be seen in new 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.


   -  Since our foundation we have increased our total workforce from 89,000 in 2000 to more than 144,000 today, representing over 130 nationalities.


   -  During the same period, our order book has more than quintupled, from €132 billion to €686 billion in 2013.


   -  We are the largest investor in R&D of any aerospace company anywhere in the world. Today, we own almost 40,000 patents or patent applications, spanning about 10,000 inventions.

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 help preserve European competitiveness in the world market.


   - Since our foundation in 2000, we have created 15,000 new high-tech jobs in Europe alone and more than tripled our European sourcing volume.

   - For every Airbus Group employee, another 1.8 jobs are supported in the supply chain. In total, we support more than 220,000 jobs in our home countries through spending with suppliers.

   - 35,500 Airbus Group suppliers (or 65% of our total spend) are in our home markets.



Airbus is the leading commercial aircraft manufacturer, offering the most modern family of airliners on the market. Read more Airbus

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is the European leader in space programmes and state-of-the-art solutions for armed forces and civil security.
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Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters, the top civil-sector helicopter manufacturer, offers the world's largest civil and military helicopter range. Read more Airbus Helicopters