No aircraft accident is ever acceptable. This is why it is Airbus’ top priority to continually improve safety. Its commitment to safety starts at the top, is reflected in the structure of its organisation, and is most deeply embodied in the mind-set employees bring to daily work.
Whenever safety topics must be discussed, it is done at the appropriate level, including by Airbus’ senior executives. By acting together, the company ensures that the full power of coordinated cross-company action can be brought to bear on any issue where it is believed that safety can be further enhanced.
Airbus employees are trained to recognise that the lives of passengers and airline personnel can depend on their personal commitment to safety, and to ensure that they are aware of how their personal actions can improve safety.
A key aspect of Airbus’ philosophy on safety is to recognise that aircraft operate safely not only when they are safely designed, tested and built, but also when they are safely maintained and flown by trained operators, and finally, when the air transport system in which the aircraft fly is safely organised.
Airbus therefore works to ensure safety in:
- The design of aircraft and in the quality of manufacturing and support
- The materials/manuals supplied to customers to operate and maintain the aircraft
- The training provided to flight crews, cabin crews and maintenance crews
- The worldwide services delivered in support of the aircraft’s operation
Beyond this, Airbus is in constant contact with other aircraft manufacturers, airlines and air safety organisations around the world to find new ways of improving safety standards. The company believes that industry-wide cooperation is crucial to making further safety enhancements.