With more than 133,000 employees around the world, Airbus is a leading player in the aerospace sector. We contribute to sustainable economic growth by creating added-value technology and skilled employment. Our commitment to innovation addresses some of society’s most critical issues, from mobility to security and climate change.
By working with states, international organisations and customers, we strive to create better defence solutions for a safer and more prosperous world. Our military aircraft, Earth observation satellites and security technologies help protect freedom and democratic values.
We strongly believe in contributing to the social, economic, institutional and sustainable development of the communities in which we operate.
Airbus was created by establishing a European partnership, not just on the basis of an aircraft programme but a long-term industrial project. This same spirit of cooperation still drives us today. We are a truly global company that acts local, with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers across the world.
Airbus’ aircraft, satellite, and defence solutions facilitate countries’ integration into the global economy, providing direct benefits to users. If aviation were a country, it would rank 21st globally in size by GDP, roughly $2.4 trillion.
The industry currently supports 58.1 million jobs worldwide and it is growing: the Airbus Global Market Forecast for 2017–2036 anticipates that air traffic will increase at a rate of 3.2% per year in mature markets such as North America, while growth in emerging markets like China and India will be almost double.
The industry is also an important precursor for growth in other sectors and a catalyst for innovation. Airbus is behind many important technologies that have improved the quality of life around the world, including advanced materials, fly-by-wire and autopilots.
Every year, Airbus invests around €3 billion in R&D and spends the equivalent of approximately 70% of its revenue with suppliers: an estimated €49 billion in 2016.
Airbus works together with states, international organisations and customers to create better defence solutions for a safer and more prosperous world. Our military aircraft, Earth observation satellites and security technologies enable governments to guarantee their sovereignty and combat changing terrorism threats and cybercrime.
It is our clear aim to support EU and NATO governments in their efforts to make the world a safer place. To fulfil their mission to guarantee sovereignty, security and human rights, these nations require equipment and defence systems that they themselves define.
We also support the permanent member states of the UN Security Council and other trusted international organisations in their endeavour to provide stability and prosperity throughout the world.
Approximately 5,000 Airbus employees are already involved in volunteering with 85 initiatives, contributing to UN Sustainable Development Goals.