Airbus Scale fosters high-potential innovation within the company and through start-up engagement. By accelerating the commercialisation of high-value concepts, it actively contributes to company growth and our commitment to sustainable aerospace.   



Airbus Scale identifies and develops opportunities to build and grow co-funded, profitable, fully-fledged businesses. It also advocates startup engagement to further extend Airbus’ competitive advantage. 

The mission of Airbus Scale is:

  • To foster intrapreneurship and leverage corporate innovation; 
  • To build and launch new businesses that will support future growth of the Company;
  • To continue strengthen our long-standing commitment to co-innovation by identifying and contracting with later stage start-ups to mature and scale concepts through mutually-beneficial collaborations;
  • To actively contribute to the development of future programmes as part of Airbus decarbonisation ambition. 

Airbus Scale is a complementary offering within the Airbus ecosystem, operating alongside the company’s existing innovation centres, internal innovation hubs and research organisations.

Focus areas

Through Airbus Scale, Airbus is able to enter adjacent markets by adding new products and technologies to its existing portfolio. It builds its activities on three main pillars. 

Airbus Scale taps into intrapreneurship to advance viable business proposals for aerospace or adjacent markets.

Corporate innovation

Intrapreneurship is a fundamental part of our company culture. Airbus Scale encourages internal entrepreneurs to conceptualise advanced business proposals for aerospace or adjacent markets: if they fit the Company’s growth strategy, Scale will help develop a business model and support the building of a viable product or service.

Airbus Scale identifies high potential sustainable technologies to spin out to diversify and grow revenue.


The Airbus Scale incubator has the objective of delivering validated business models based on Airbus’ assets to pioneer future markets. By attracting external funds and talent to drive them forward, these viable products or services eventually spin out to create established companies that will generate revenues or equity for Airbus, supporting diversification and growth.

Airbus Scale looks for solutions to urgent challenges at an accelerated pace which later-stage startups can offer.

Start-up engagement

Partnering with start-ups to scale solutions to pressing business challenges at an accelerated pace. Airbus Scale combines Airbus’ corporate expertise with mature, later-stage start-up experience and know-how to generate value for both sides.

Airbus scouts across the globe for fast moving tech

Technology Scouting

Technology scouts allow Airbus innovation professionals to find cutting edge technologies beyond its borders. The activity focuses on mapping country and global technology trends to the point of need. 

Current projects


SEO: A DAC10 module at the Centre for Applied Aeronautics (ZAL) in Hamburg

Airbus Direct Air Capture


Airbus internal expertise was deployed to build a viable business case based on the International Space Station (ISS) life support technology for the reuse of carbon dioxide. The captured carbon dioxide is repurposed for use as fertilisers or for fuel development.

Videns, Canada

Startup engagement

Montreal based startup Videns proposes solutions funded in AI to optimise the widebody programme’s capacity to perform predictive capacity planning on its supply chain. 

Atlas AI, USA

Startup engagement

This startup was founded in 2018 by Stanford University Professors. It premiered the world's first GeoAI platform for enterprise data scientists that is able to combine and interpret spatial data.

Latest news

Pioneering new uses for carbon capture technology
Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology was designed by Airbus and the European Space Agency to scrub carbon dioxide from the air aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
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Airbus Direct Air Capture team reaches the finals of the German Future Prize
A team of two engineers and a developer is one of the three shortlisted teams to win the German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis) 2023 with its entry of the development of Direct Air Capture technology to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
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Airbus evolves its innovation landscape with Airbus Scale
Airbus has launched Airbus Scale, a new innovation unit that brings together corporate innovation, startup engagement and company building activities.
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