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DAY 22

DAY 22

IT’S TIME FOR 27,000 THANK YOUS

Airbus partners and suppliers help to make progress possible

In October 2018, over 350 leading Airbus partners and suppliers gathered in Montreal for the company’s Global Suppliers Conference to reflect on and celebrate their joint achievements over the course of the year. 

The event provided a chance to spotlight some of the top-performing companies in the Airbus supply chain and an opportunity to meet executives for exchanges on strategy, mutual business challenges and opportunities.

As a company, we work with 27,000 partners and suppliers globally, spending the equivalent of approximately 70 per cent of our revenue with them. We recognise the outstanding quality of service that partners and suppliers offer to the company, and the role they play in making Airbus what it is. 

As Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, says, “We work in a unique and fantastic industry, one of only two that really connects people around the world. You have the internet, and you have commercial aviation.

“I really believe that commercial aviation contributes to a better world by making one human community, working together, enabling us to meet, to visit each other, to know each other better, overcome cultural differences and barriers.

“At Airbus, our partners and suppliers are part of our extended family, and they play a crucial role in how we operate as a company. They are key to our success, as we are key to their success.”

Airbus suppliers are ahead of the game, offering creative, innovative and digital solutions in a complex environment. They share Airbus values and deliver on shared commitments to ensure Airbus provides first-class services to all of its customers.

As the Airbus community comes together to celebrate 50 Years of Pioneering Progress, we are fully aware that without partners, the company would not be where it is today.

The passion, talent and commitment of our suppliers has been exemplary and has made collaboration over the years and decades both productive and enjoyable.

We look forward to continued collaboration with all our partners and suppliers as we share knowledge, technology and resources.

Thank you to all Airbus partners and suppliers for being part of our global community. Here’s to many more years of fruitful collaboration.


“At Airbus, our partners and suppliers are part of our extended family, and they play a crucial role in how we operate as a company. They are key to our success, as we are key to their success.”

Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO


Did you know...

Pioneers don’t attempt to do things on their own when they can be done better together. And it’s certainly true that without the technology contributions of the global supply base, Airbus could not have made the same progress over the past 50 years. A key example is the development of Carbon Fibre Composite technologies, where collaboration with suppliers like Spirit and GKN helped Airbus to make the first aircraft which used composites on a primary structure. Come back on Sunday to read about how this development made air travel cheaper and greener.

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