People & Organization
Airbus Middle East management: Fouad Attar
Fouad Attar is Managing Director for Airbus Middle East.
Fouad Attar joined Airbus Middle East in 2006 as Deputy President - head of commercial. Airbus Middle East is a subsidiary that became fully operational on September 1, 2006.
Fouad graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de L’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (Sup’Aero) as an aeronautical engineer and holds a business and management degree from IAE Toulouse. He is married with two children and is fluent in five languages.
Fouad started his career at Airbus in 1984 as a flight simulator engineer at the Airbus Training Centre in Toulouse. Following this he spent 13 years in various management positions at Royal Air Maroc before joining Air France Industries as their Vice President marketing and sales.
After Air France Industries and prior to joining Airbus Middle East, Fouad was Senior Vice President marketing, sales and business development at EADS Sogerma Services.
With over 25 years in the aerospace industry, Fouad has considerable aviation industry experience and has contributed to the growth of the sector in the region.
Airbus has had a permanent commercial office in the region since 2000. In 2006 Airbus established a substantive permanent commercial presence in the region and opened the Airbus Middle East subsidiary in the Dubai Airport Free Zone.
The subsidiary covers all the commercial aspects for the region – sales, marketing and contracts. Also present are permanent representatives from Airbus’ Customer Support team.
Co-located with the airline commercial team is the Airbus Corporate Jet commercial team.
Telephone: +971 4 299 6761
Fax: +971 4 299 6762
Airbus has a significant industrial presence in the Middle East and North Africa through agreements and partnerships for production capabilities across several countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Morocco. It also includes training support and development of engineering capabilities, as well as research and development.
This overall effort is part of Airbus’ industrial strategy to develop a global supply chain based on competitive merit and to visibly reinforce strategic importance of the region to Airbus not just as a market, but also for skills and knowledge. Major aerostructure assemblies, composites components, sub-assemblies, metallic detail parts and electrics for all Airbus products are produced in the region. This is facilitated not just by Airbus, but also through partners such as Sogerma and Aerolia, and the extended Airbus supplier network.
Airbus also works on education and training initiatives, covering primary school age to university. Projects include workshops with young children to encourage them to become interested in engineering. For more information regarding the workshops, follow the “Talent” tab.
Airbus is proud to be a strategic partner of many countries in the region. Airbus’ industrial presence in the Middle East and North Africa brings benefit to the local economy, along with the local populous. This also gives advantages to Airbus which get passed on to the customers and consumers.