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Safety First

Safety First

Millions of people board Airbus airplanes and helicopters each year, from airline passengers to military pilots and troops, and each puts their trust in the Airbus brand to deliver them safely to destinations around the world. Airbus knows this trust doesn’t come lightly; it was earned – and continues to be earned – on the strength of decades of experience, thousands of aircraft in operation and millions of flight-hours.

Airbus' number one priority is the continued safe transport of everyone, and everything, that flies aboard an Airbus product.

The number one priority at Airbus is the continued safe transport of everyone, and everything, that flies aboard an Airbus product – from passengers, cargo, and humanitarian relief supplies on aircraft and rotorcraft, to satellite and spacecraft that keep the world connected and explore the mysteries of deep space.

Airbus’ dedication to safety is reflected across the company. From design, engineering and production to maintenance, training and support, Airbus is committed to exceeding industry safety standards and supporting the safe operation of all its aircraft and those that fly aboard them

Commercial aircraft safety

Safety by commitment

No aircraft accident is ever acceptable. This is why it is Airbus’ top priority to continually improve safety. Its commitment to safety starts at the top, is reflected in the structure of its organisation, and is most deeply embodied in the mind-set employees bring to daily work. 

Whenever safety topics must be discussed, it is done at the appropriate level, including by Airbus’ senior executives. By acting together, the company ensures that the full power of coordinated cross-company action can be brought to bear on any issue where it is believed that safety can be further enhanced. 

Airbus employees are trained to recognise that the lives of passengers and airline personnel can depend on their personal commitment to safety, and to ensure that they are aware of how their personal actions can improve safety. 

A key aspect of Airbus’ philosophy on safety is to recognise that aircraft operate safely not only when they are safely designed, tested and built, but also when they are safely maintained and flown by trained operators, and finally, when the air transport system in which the aircraft fly is safely organised.

Airbus therefore works to ensure safety in:

  •   The design of aircraft and in the quality of manufacturing and support
  •   The materials/manuals supplied to customers to operate and maintain the aircraft
  •   The training provided to flight crews, cabin crews and maintenance crews
  •   The worldwide services delivered in support of the aircraft’s operation

Beyond this, Airbus is in constant contact with other aircraft manufacturers, airlines and air safety organisations around the world to find new ways of improving safety standards. The company believes that industry-wide cooperation is crucial to making further safety enhancements.

Safety with technology

How technology has contributed to aviation safety (video):

The history of aviation safety: Putting passengers’ safety first


Safety through sharing

Safety is not a matter of competition in the aviation industry. The sharing of safety information is essential in order to continue enhancing safety and preventing accidents. Airbus has several safety information-sharing initiatives, including:

  • Project "Destination 10X Together" a platform upon which Airbus and operators can collaborate to propose pragmatic solutions to key identified safety issues.
  • Safety First magazine that shares lessons-learned with operators and the wider aviation community, and highlights new safety enhancements that Airbus or others have made available.
  • "Statistical Analysis of Commercial Aviation Accidents". Focusing on all Western-built aircraft since the beginning of the commercial jet age, this statistical analysis of the air transport sector examines the evolution of hull-loss and fatal accident rates during revenue flights from 1958-2016.

This publication provides Airbus’ annual analysis of aviation accidents, with commentary on the year 2017, as well as a review of the history of Commercial Aviation’s safety record.

This analysis clearly demonstrates that our industry has achieved huge improvements in safety over the last decades. It also underlines the significant contribution that technology has made in ensuring that taking a flight in a commercial aircraft is an inherently low risk activity.

Since the goal of any review of aviation accidents is to help the industry further enhance safety, an analysis of forecasted aviation macro-trends is also provided. These highlight key factors influencing the industry’s consideration of detailed strategies

A statistical Analysis of Commercial Aviation Accidents 1958-2017

Helicopter safety

Airbus’ helicopter division strives every day to ensure safety, working with operators, suppliers, industry organisations and others who share the same commitment. 

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