Airbus is Romania’s major partner in the aeronautical sector, generating more than 6,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Airbus has a strong local presence in Romania through Airbus Helicopters Romania and Premium Aerotec, both in Brasov, and Airbus Defence and Space in Romania, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space GmbH, in Bucharest.
Airbus Helicopters Romania, a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters (60%) and IAR (40%), established in 2002, exports 70% of its business. Airbus’ commitment to Romania deepened in 2016 with the creation of a new plant, whose primary goal is to produce the H215M helicopter.
Premium Aerotec, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, manufactures complex components for commercial Airbus aircraft. This means that every Airbus aircraft has parts made in Romania.
The Romanian national airline, Tarom, started to introduce the Airbus A310 back in 1993. Today, its fleet includes four A318 single-aisle jetliners with a seating capacity of up to 120 passengers. Created in 2017, Just Us Air (now Dan Air) is a private company based in Bucharest who has been providing charter and wet lease services with a fleet of three Airbus single-aisle aircraft (A319, A320 and A321) from 144 to 220 seats. Today, the company operates an A319 and will take over another three Airbus A320 aircraft in the near future. This ACMI full Airbus operator is looking forward to expanding its fleet with some more A320ceo.
Animawings (2020) is a Romanian charter operator, operating 2 A320 and for which Aegean Airlines acquired 51% of share in October 2021, with potential of fleet growth.
Wizz Air, a multi-base low cost private company, operates a total of 24 A320 and A321 type aircraft from its seven Romanian bases.
Airbus Helicopters Romania, a centre of excellence for the maintenance, repair and overhaul of civil and military helicopters, works for customers from more than 30 countries. Currently, the company’s competencies cover the majority of the Airbus helicopter range: H120, H125, H125M, H130, H135, Dauphin, H155, Puma, Super Puma, H215, H215M and H225. Airbus Helicopters Romania provides product support engineering, maintenance, troubleshooting, assistance, logistic support and technical publication services, as well as global solutions based on repurposed aircraft. The company markets and sells the full range of Airbus civil and military helicopters in Romania and neighboring countries. Quality of products and services, and aviation safety are top priorities, contributing to the high level of customer satisfaction, Airbus Helicopters Romania ranking on top positions in the customer surveys.
Airbus Helicopters Romania also has a robust Responsibility and Sustainability mind-set to business operations in Romania, and as shown in our Environment protection and Environmental engagement documents.
Defence and Space
Airbus Defence and Space Romania, a legal entity established in 2005, is located in Bucharest. Initially created as a border project company, the legal entity is now an engineering, roll out and service hub for the full spectrum of the Airbus Defence and Space products and projects. The company has today more than 80 employees, mainly engineers (including software development team, PMO, Product Regulatory Compliance) working from Romania or outside its borders, for various international locations of Airbus in Europe, Middle East, South America.
Airbus has strengthened its presence in Romania over the past 50 years by developing exclusive business relations with companies representative of this segment of the industry: IAR, Aerostar, Comoti, Sonaca, Aeroteh, Turbomecanica, Aerofina, INCAS and others. One of the most important initiatives of Airbus for the promotion and development of the industry in Romania is the creation of ARIE (Romanian Helicopter Industry Association). In 2018, Airbus and IAR signed a definitive contract agreement that provides a 15-year exclusive cooperation between the two partners for the military medium heavy helicopter needed in Romania. Relying on such a strong and historical partnership, AH and IAR have also signed in March 2021 an agreement to extend the industrial cooperation for the military light helicopter needed with regard to attack missions.
In Romania, Airbus believes in investing in the future and regularly works with educational institutions to develop future talent. Airbus Helicopters Romania has partnered with Transilvania Technical College in Brasov to implement an educational program focused on developing a new generation of avionics and airframe technicians. The wholly Airbus-owned subsidiary Premium Aerotec is one of the founders of the German Kronstadt Professional School in Brasov and supporter of the future Brasov Technical Campus. Partnerships have also been established with institutions of higher education like Transilvania University Brasov and Politehnica University Bucharest, which offer practical work-study experience opportunities at Airbus Romania offices with the objective of preparing students for careers in the field of aviation.
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