At the heart of all Airbus aircraft are aerostructures – the major assembly elements that come together in creating their airframes, including fuselage sections, wing components and flight control surfaces, along with fairings, doors and bulkheads.
The high quality and precision build of these aerostructures – along with the speed of their assembly – are critical in maintaining Airbus’ production cadence and its ability to deliver optimised, efficient aircraft for operators around the world.
In addition to working with key global supply chain partners, Airbus is constantly looking to strengthen its own core aerostructures assembly activities to meet the increasing demands of the industry in terms of technological evolution, new skills development and competitiveness.
For fuselage aerostructures activities, which previously were mostly performed both in Airbus plants hosted in France and Germany, and in former Airbus subsidiaries STELIA Aerospace and Premium AEROTEC, part of this journey involves the creation of two new companies. Born out of former subsidiaries, company’s plants and central teams, these two distinct strong, vertically-integrated businesses – acting as internal Tier-1 champions – will shape the future of Airbus products and the industrial system.
The first one, called Airbus Atlantic, was established on 1 January 2022. The launch of the second one will follow soon.