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Home of wings

Did you know that Airbus aircraft fly on wings designed, engineered and produced in the UK?

Through its two sites in Broughton, North Wales and Filton near Bristol, Airbus in the UK is a world leader in wing design, engineering and manufacturing and is a key centre for the testing and integration of fuel systems and landing gear.

Employees from Airbus’ Filton site took centre stage in a campaign called “We´re proud to give the world wings”. The 43m long artwork in the departure terminal of Bristol Airport pays tribute to the talent, commitment and dedication of all the employees that have made Airbus the success it is today.

Watch the ‘making-of’ video to see the creation of the campaign from the start to its unveiling and take part in our competition by showing us your best flying pose - you could win a fantastic prize!

Let us invite you to a journey to find out more about the fantastic Airbus people who give the world wings...

We're proud to give the world wings

Steve – A350 XWB Landing Gear
As the Head of Landing Gear Development and Operations it is fantastic to work on the world´s most technically advanced landing gear system. I work with very talented people in locations all around the world. It was great to see the first A350 XWB landing gear system in operation and entering the testing phase 1 year before its first flight in 2013.
http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a350xwbfamily/Julie – Charity Challenge
Besides my day to day job in the Landing Gear Engineering team, I´m the Charity Challenge co-ordinator for the Filton site. It’s fantastic to help raise money for charities and I never fail to be amazed by the imagination, energy and enthusiasm my colleagues put into fundraising, volunteering and supporting good causes. I’m touched that over the past ten years alone they have donated more than £6 million to charities, and we are still going strong. 
http://www.airbus.com/work/Simon – Fuel & Inerting Systems Research & Technology
I´m leading a team dedicated to performing research in Fuel and Inerting Systems technologies and supporting the introduction and use of alternative fuels for Airbus’ next generation of aircraft. Airbus engineers come up with hundreds of new ideas each year, with around 600 new patents registered annually. Some ideas lead to major innovations that literally change the future of aviation. 
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/operations/alternative-fuels/Dan – A400M Manufacturing
All wings for Airbus aircraft are designed and engineered at the Airbus site in Filton, but we also manufacture wings for the A400M military airlifter. I work in a manufacturing facility filled with bespoke equipment to build the wings and install the electrical systems and fuel systems. It was amazing to be part of the team that produced the first ever composite wing for Airbus.
http://www.airbusmilitary.com/Home.aspxTony – Composite Structures Development
Composites are the material of the future. They’re advanced, light-weight and high-strength. Already we’re using composites to make wings on some Airbus aircraft and we’re finding more applications all the time. I’m working in the National Composites Centre. It’s fantastic to be at the forefront of aerospace materials technology.
http://nccuk.com/about-ncc/current-membersKathryn – Operational Environment
My role within the Environment team is to help reduce the environmental impact of our business on site. This could be implementing waste reduction projects, encouraging reuse and improving recycling in our facilities, or campaigning to minimise the energy we consume. It is great to have a job which helps our environment and I feel that I can really make a difference.
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/manufacturing/Brian – Design Engineering
As Head of Stress, my role is to understand all the different stresses and forces that work on the wings of an aircraft.  We can then be sure that our wings can cope with any likely situation once in the air.  The wings are the most important part of any aircraft - and we think ours are the best in the world.  But we would say that – wouldn’t we?!
http://www.airbus.com/work/Rick – Graduate
I´m one of the 120 graduates on Airbus’ award winning direct entry graduate scheme. We have the unique opportunity to rotate between different departments and spend time in other Airbus sites or companies worldwide.  My work is varied, interesting and exciting and I have worked on some diverse projects such as the A350 XWB Airbus’ next generation of aircraft.
http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/graduates/deg/Atipu – Customer Services
As a Lead Stress Engineer, I work on structure repairs within the Customer Services team. My job helps to keep our Airbus fleet flying. With almost 500 customers and operators worldwide, the team supports Airbus aircraft anytime and anywhere in the world. Happy customers mean happy passengers! 
http://www.airbus.com/support/Simon – Bicycle User Group 
In my day job I work in the Programmes Management team. I also run the Bicycle Users Group which aims to increase and support our employees who cycle to work.  Great benefits include increased fitness, reduced congestion and reduced environmental impact. We already have more than five times the national average of people cycling to work, with more starting all the time. 
http://www.airbus.com/work/Loraine  – A380 Fuel Testing
I´m part of the Chief Engineer’s team working on the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the A380 double-decker. I am specifically involved in the fuel systems which are located in the wing of the aircraft. We are consistently innovating and looking for ways to develop this system for the benefit of the environment and our customers. 
http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a380family/Lesley – Human Resources
I work in Human Resources supporting the people who design and engineer our aircraft. It’s a highly innovative and specialist area. We have to attract people with a passion for design and innovation and make sure the best people in their field come and work for Airbus. Once they join us, people stay with Airbus for a long time because they enjoy the challenge of working with aircraft that are continually evolving and improving. We employ the best people in the world to work on the world’s best aircraft. 
http://www.airbus.com/work/Ian – Biomimicry in Engineering
Working for the Future Project’s team at Airbus is truly inspiring. It’s fascinating what the aviation industry can learn from nature – after all nature has been inspiring aeronautics engineers since Leonardo da Vinci first sketched flying machines some 500 years ago. We are working on amazing projects such as looking at what we can learn from how birds migrate in formation and how owls achieve silent flight.
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/design/biomimicry/Gemma – Procurement
I’m a Commodity Buyer within Procurement working as part of the research and test team with colleagues in France, Germany and Spain. It’s great to be involved in the development of new ideas and key test programmes and I enjoy collaborating with colleagues in research institutes and universities around the world. Our programmes support a supply chain of more than 400 UK companies and around 100.000 jobs.
http://www.airbus.com/work/Alex – A320 Sharklet Engineering 
I´m currently working on a great innovation for the wing of the A320 family of aircraft.  The new ‘Sharklet’ wingtip device will increase fuel efficiency by up to 3.5%, bringing benefits to our customers and to the environment.  I love my job – it’s different, challenging and exciting every day! 
http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/technology-and-innovation/Jey – A320neo Engineering
I started at Airbus as a graduate, and eight years on I now work on the A320neo (new engine option) project looking at fitting new engines to current A320 aircraft to improve fuel efficiency.  It’s my job to ensure that the wing structure and systems installation can support the new engine. It really makes me proud to think that engineers here in Filton are working on the future of global aviation. 
http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/spotlight-on-a320neo/Tania – Health & Safety
Health and safety is a priority for Airbus, so my role as an occupational hygienist is important. My job is to identify hazards in the manufacturing areas and implement health & safety systems to ensure a good working environment. When I’m on the shop-floor people know I’m there to support them and I´m proud that they value my experience and expertise.
http://www.airbus.com/work/James – Facility Management
I´m part of the facilities management team at Airbus. I’m currently working on an exciting multi-million pound project which will become Filton’s new home of the wing of the future.  The new Airbus Aerospace Park will accommodate more than 2,700 employees, many of them engineers and will ensure that the Filton site remains a centre of excellence and innovation for aerospace.
http://www.airbus.com/work/Rezina – Finance
I am a financial controller working as part of the A350 XWB (eXtra Wide Body) team and I have an immense amount of pride working on such a high profile programme.  Each year Airbus contributes over £2 billion to the UK economy directly and through its extended supply chain and the finance team is responsible for making sure the sums add up!
http://www.airbus.com/work/Matt – Community Engagement
I am thrilled to be working at Airbus on a 12 month placement as part of my University degree.  My job is to work with the community engagement team maintaining Airbus’ relationships with key stakeholders situated around the site. The great advantage of being on Airbus’ internship scheme is that I get the real opportunity to experience a working environment. 
http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/undergraduates/internships/Alex – Future Projects
I work in the Future Projects team at Airbus developing the wing of the future.  It’s a great project as we can use our imagination and the world’s our oyster!  There are so many opportunities for the future of air travel and being able to shape aviation’s vision for the future is a phenomenal and exciting challenge...
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/Dave – Wind Tunnel Testing
I work as a model integrator in the wind tunnel test team where we test the aerodynamics of aircraft.  The models have to be absolutely accurate, working to levels of better than 50 microns. This dot (.) equals 615 microns! It’s this attention to detail that helps make Airbus aircraft as good as they are!
http://www.airbus.com/work/Harsh – Research & Development
I’m an Engineering Team Leader working on several research and development programmes within Airbus. My role has given me the opportunity to work on next generation of aircraft such as the A350 XWB and the A380 double-decker. As one of the UK’s top ten highest investors in research and development, we constantly strive to deliver world class innovation.
http://www.airbus.com/innovation/proven-concepts/Emily – Apprentice  
I joined Airbus after completing my A-levels and am currently in my third year as an apprentice. I am amazed at the opportunities that have been opened up for me. I am gaining qualifications as well as receiving fantastic hands-on experience in a live working environment.  My highlight so far has been joining Airbus apprentices from other European sites on a small island off the north coast of Germany where we learnt how to fly a small aircraft, providing us with a practical insight into how a plane works.
http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/apprenticeships/Nick – A320neo Programmes
I am the Chief Engineer for the A320neo family wing programme at Airbus’ Filton site and I have been working for Airbus for over 20 years. The current A320 aircraft has carried over 7 billion passengers since it came into service in 1988. I am personally proud to be associated with this programme and to work with the development teams for the next generation of this aircraft which has the potential to reduce fuel burn by a further 15%. 
http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/spotlight-on-a320neo/

Steve – A350 XWB Landing Gear

As the Head of Landing Gear Development and Operations it is fantastic to work on the world´s most technically advanced landing gear system. I work with very talented people in locations all around the world. It was great to see the first A350 XWB landing gear system in operation and entering the testing phase 1 year before its first flight in 2013.

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a350xwbfamily/

Julie – Charity Challenge

Besides my day to day job in the Landing Gear Engineering team, I´m the Charity Challenge co-ordinator for the Filton site. It’s fantastic to help raise money for charities and I never fail to be amazed by the imagination, energy and enthusiasm my colleagues put into fundraising, volunteering and supporting good causes. I’m touched that over the past ten years alone they have donated more than £6 million to charities, and we are still going strong.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Simon – Fuel & Inerting Systems Research & Technology

I´m leading a team dedicated to performing research in Fuel and Inerting Systems technologies and supporting the introduction and use of alternative fuels for Airbus’ next generation of aircraft. Airbus engineers come up with hundreds of new ideas each year, with around 600 new patents registered annually. Some ideas lead to major innovations that literally change the future of aviation.

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/operations/alternative-fuels/

Dan – A400M Manufacturing

All wings for Airbus aircraft are designed and engineered at the Airbus site in Filton, but we also manufacture wings for the A400M military airlifter. I work in a manufacturing facility filled with bespoke equipment to build the wings and install the electrical systems and fuel systems. It was amazing to be part of the team that produced the first ever composite wing for Airbus.

http://www.airbusmilitary.com/Home.aspx

Tony – Composite Structures Development

Composites are the material of the future. They’re advanced, light-weight and high-strength. Already we’re using composites to make wings on some Airbus aircraft and we’re finding more applications all the time. I’m working in the National Composites Centre. It’s fantastic to be at the forefront of aerospace materials technology.

http://nccuk.com/about-ncc/current-members

Kathryn – Operational Environment

My role within the Environment team is to help reduce the environmental impact of our business on site. This could be implementing waste reduction projects, encouraging reuse and improving recycling in our facilities, or campaigning to minimise the energy we consume. It is great to have a job which helps our environment and I feel that I can really make a difference.

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/manufacturing/

Brian – Design Engineering

As Head of Stress, my role is to understand all the different stresses and forces that work on the wings of an aircraft.  We can then be sure that our wings can cope with any likely situation once in the air.  The wings are the most important part of any aircraft - and we think ours are the best in the world.  But we would say that – wouldn’t we?!

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Rick – Graduate

I´m one of the 120 graduates on Airbus’ award winning direct entry graduate scheme. We have the unique opportunity to rotate between different departments and spend time in other Airbus sites or companies worldwide.  My work is varied, interesting and exciting and I have worked on some diverse projects such as the A350 XWB Airbus’ next generation of aircraft.

http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/graduates/deg/

Atipu – Customer Services

As a Lead Stress Engineer, I work on structure repairs within the Customer Services team. My job helps to keep our Airbus fleet flying. With almost 500 customers and operators worldwide, the team supports Airbus aircraft anytime and anywhere in the world. Happy customers mean happy passengers!

http://www.airbus.com/support/

Simon – Bicycle User Group

In my day job I work in the Programmes Management team. I also run the Bicycle Users Group which aims to increase and support our employees who cycle to work.  Great benefits include increased fitness, reduced congestion and reduced environmental impact. We already have more than five times the national average of people cycling to work, with more starting all the time.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Loraine  – A380 Fuel Testing

I´m part of the Chief Engineer’s team working on the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the A380 double-decker. I am specifically involved in the fuel systems which are located in the wing of the aircraft. We are consistently innovating and looking for ways to develop this system for the benefit of the environment and our customers.

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a380family/

Lesley – Human Resources

I work in Human Resources supporting the people who design and engineer our aircraft. It’s a highly innovative and specialist area. We have to attract people with a passion for design and innovation and make sure the best people in their field come and work for Airbus. Once they join us, people stay with Airbus for a long time because they enjoy the challenge of working with aircraft that are continually evolving and improving. We employ the best people in the world to work on the world’s best aircraft.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Ian – Biomimicry in Engineering

Working for the Future Project’s team at Airbus is truly inspiring. It’s fascinating what the aviation industry can learn from nature – after all nature has been inspiring aeronautics engineers since Leonardo da Vinci first sketched flying machines some 500 years ago. We are working on amazing projects such as looking at what we can learn from how birds migrate in formation and how owls achieve silent flight.

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/eco-efficiency/design/biomimicry/

Gemma – Procurement

I’m a Commodity Buyer within Procurement working as part of the research and test team with colleagues in France, Germany and Spain. It’s great to be involved in the development of new ideas and key test programmes and I enjoy collaborating with colleagues in research institutes and universities around the world. Our programmes support a supply chain of more than 400 UK companies and around 100.000 jobs.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Alex – A320 Sharklet Engineering

I´m currently working on a great innovation for the wing of the A320 family of aircraft.  The new ‘Sharklet’ wingtip device will increase fuel efficiency by up to 3.5%, bringing benefits to our customers and to the environment.  I love my job – it’s different, challenging and exciting every day!

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/technology-and-innovation/

Jey – A320neo Engineering

I started at Airbus as a graduate, and eight years on I now work on the A320neo (new engine option) project looking at fitting new engines to current A320 aircraft to improve fuel efficiency.  It’s my job to ensure that the wing structure and systems installation can support the new engine. It really makes me proud to think that engineers here in Filton are working on the future of global aviation.

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/spotlight-on-a320neo/

Tania – Health & Safety

Health and safety is a priority for Airbus, so my role as an occupational hygienist is important. My job is to identify hazards in the manufacturing areas and implement health & safety systems to ensure a good working environment. When I’m on the shop-floor people know I’m there to support them and I´m proud that they value my experience and expertise.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

James – Facility Management

I´m part of the facilities management team at Airbus. I’m currently working on an exciting multi-million pound project which will become Filton’s new home of the wing of the future.  The new Airbus Aerospace Park will accommodate more than 2,700 employees, many of them engineers and will ensure that the Filton site remains a centre of excellence and innovation for aerospace.

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Rezina – Finance

I am a financial controller working as part of the A350 XWB (eXtra Wide Body) team and I have an immense amount of pride working on such a high profile programme.  Each year Airbus contributes over £2 billion to the UK economy directly and through its extended supply chain and the finance team is responsible for making sure the sums add up!

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Matt – Community Engagement

I am thrilled to be working at Airbus on a 12 month placement as part of my University degree.  My job is to work with the community engagement team maintaining Airbus’ relationships with key stakeholders situated around the site. The great advantage of being on Airbus’ internship scheme is that I get the real opportunity to experience a working environment.

http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/undergraduates/internships/

Alex – Future Projects

I work in the Future Projects team at Airbus developing the wing of the future.  It’s a great project as we can use our imagination and the world’s our oyster!  There are so many opportunities for the future of air travel and being able to shape aviation’s vision for the future is a phenomenal and exciting challenge...

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/

Dave – Wind Tunnel Testing

I work as a model integrator in the wind tunnel test team where we test the aerodynamics of aircraft.  The models have to be absolutely accurate, working to levels of better than 50 microns. This dot (.) equals 615 microns! It’s this attention to detail that helps make Airbus aircraft as good as they are!

http://www.airbus.com/work/

Harsh – Research & Development

I’m an Engineering Team Leader working on several research and development programmes within Airbus. My role has given me the opportunity to work on next generation of aircraft such as the A350 XWB and the A380 double-decker. As one of the UK’s top ten highest investors in research and development, we constantly strive to deliver world class innovation.

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/proven-concepts/

Emily – Apprentice 

I joined Airbus after completing my A-levels and am currently in my third year as an apprentice. I am amazed at the opportunities that have been opened up for me. I am gaining qualifications as well as receiving fantastic hands-on experience in a live working environment.  My highlight so far has been joining Airbus apprentices from other European sites on a small island off the north coast of Germany where we learnt how to fly a small aircraft, providing us with a practical insight into how a plane works.

http://www.airbus.com/work/early-careers/apprenticeships/

Nick – A320neo Programmes

I am the Chief Engineer for the A320neo family wing programme at Airbus’ Filton site and I have been working for Airbus for over 20 years. The current A320 aircraft has carried over 7 billion passengers since it came into service in 1988. I am personally proud to be associated with this programme and to work with the development teams for the next generation of this aircraft which has the potential to reduce fuel burn by a further 15%.

http://www.airbus.com/aircraftfamilies/passengeraircraft/a320family/spotlight-on-a320neo/


Winners of the "Flying Pose" Photo Competition

Thanks to everyone who took part in our Flying Pose Photo Competition! It was absolutely delightful to receive your entries and there were some amazing photos!

Congratulations to the five winners!