Airbus is Romania’s major partner in the aeronautical sector, generating more than 6,300 direct and indirect jobs.
Airbus has a strong local presence in Romania through Airbus Helicopters (with Airbus Helicopters Romania and Airbus Helicopters Industries), Premium Aerotec, both in Brasov, and Airbus Defence and Space in Romania, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, in Bucharest.
Airbus Helicopters Romania, a joint venture between Airbus Helicopters (51%) and IAR (49%), established in 2002, exports more than 75% of its business. Airbus’ commitment to Romania deepened in 2016 with the creation of Airbus Helicopters Industries, 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 is a private company based in Bucharest providing charter and wet lease services with a fleet of three Airbus single-aisle aircraft (A319, A320 and A321) from 144 to 220 seats. Wizz Air, a multi-base low cost private company, operates seventeen A320s and five A321s 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: H125, H125M, H130, H135, Dauphin, H155, Puma, Super Puma, H215, H215M and recently H225. Airbus Helicopters Romania provides product support engineering, maintenance, troubleshooting, assistance, logistic support and technical publication services. 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. As a result, in the 2017 worldwide customer survey, Airbus Helicopters Romania was ranked 1st.
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 in Romania, legal entity established in 2005, is located in Bucharest. Initially created as a border project company, the legal entity is now an engineering and service providing hub for the full spectrum of the Airbus Defence and Space products and service portfolio. The company has today more than 80 employees, mainly engineers, working for near-shoring of support to security solutions (engineering, controlling, project management, supply chain and offset), programs (rollout, technical assistance, engineering) 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 and other. One of the most important initiatives of Airbus for the promotion and development of the industry in Romania is the creation of ARIE (the Romanian association of helicopters’ industry). 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 need in Romania.
Airbus is part of the largest European research programme Clean Sky 2, jointly funded by the European Commission and major European aeronautics companies. In Romania, Incas—the National Institute for Aerospace Research—has been selected as core partner for Clean Sky 2. Specifically, Airbus and Incas are working on the Compound Rotorcraft demonstrator named Racer, based on lessons learnt from earlier testing with the Airbus Helicopters X3 demonstrator. The demonstrator’s design is optimised for a cruise speed of approximately 400 km/h and aims to make progress on cost efficiency, sustainability and mission performance.
Responsibility and Sustainability
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.