Today, Airbus is the leader of Spain’s aerospace and defence sector, generating 56.4% of the nation’s revenues in these areas through the work of some 12,700 employees. Production facilities for Airbus commercial aircraft, military aircraft, helicopters, and space activities can be found within the country.
Airbus operations in Spain, employing approximately 3,400 employees, produces the horizontal stabilisers for the entire range of Airbus commercial aircraft at its facilities in Getafe, Illescas, and Puerto Real, among other components.
Getafe (in the Madrid region) is responsible for designing, engineering and manufacturing of components for all Airbus aircraft. They include the horizontal stabiliser for the double-deck A380 jetliner; the assembly and testing of the horizontal stabilisers for the wide-body A350 XWB and A330, as well as for the single-aisle A320 Family. This site also is responsible for producing the two sections that comprise the A380’s tail cone, as well as the A350 XWB’s tail cone (Section 19).
The site of Illescas (Toledo) has maintained Airbus at the forefront of aviation composites, contributing to the success of the different Airbus programmes. Illescas is responsible for manufacturing the components of the empennage and aft fuselage for all Airbus aircraft versions and for the Eurofighter combat aircraft. The A350 wing’s lower cover – the largest carbon fibre single component on this aircraft – also is produced at the site.
Final assembly and functional testing of the A380 horizontal stabiliser is completed at Puerto Real (in the Cádiz region); the plant also produces the horizontal stabiliser’s lateral boxes for the A350 XWB and A330 families, and elevators for the A320 family, among components.
Airbus Helicopters employs more than 500 people in the cities of Albacete and Getafe, where rotary-wing aircraft are designed, developed and integrated, as well as flight tested and certified.
Final assembly of Tiger attack helicopter and multi-role NH90 military rotorcraft are performed in Spain, along with sub-assembly production for tailbooms on the Tiger and H135 light utility helicopter, and the NH90’s forward fuselage. In addition, the country is home to extensive fleet support facilities that cater to both civil and military helicopters.
For defence-related business, Airbus is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of military transport aircraft and plays a leading role in the twin-jet Eurofighter combat aircraft.
The San Pablo and Tablada sites, located in the Seville area, serve as the epicentre of Airbus’ military transport business – with final assembly lines for the four-engine turboprop-powered A400M airlifter and twin-turboprop C295 and CN235 transports. Seville also is home to the International Training Centre and Delivery Centre for Airbus military aircraft
Getafe is the home to the A330 MRTT conversion centre, where the refuelling systems and military avionics are installed on the Airbus’ A330 jetliners in their transformation to the Multi Role Tanker Transport version. Airbus undertakes parts manufacturing and the assembly for the Eurofighter also at the Getafe site.