On 29 May 2019, Airbus celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation. On this day in 1969, German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Karl Schiller and French Minister of Transport Jean Chamant signed the treaty to establish Airbus. It was a clear commitment to European integration. The political foresight and cross-border cooperation altered the global aerospace industry. Out of many separate aerospace companies in Europe, one global market leader emerged.
This was reflected in strategic decisions on size and range of Airbus’s first product: the A300. The world's first twin-engine widebody airliner immediately created a decisive advantage over prospective competitors and established Airbus as a pioneer in innovation.
Today, an Airbus aircraft takes off or lands every second somewhere around the world. Half of all helicopters in operation across the globe have been produced by Airbus Helicopters. And, Airbus Defence and Space maintains Europe’s independent access to space and helps ensure the continent’s security.
Europe is the true champion in aerospace and Airbus is at its heart. The work-sharing arrangements across different countries and the innovative industrial set-up are highlighting the European character. Thanks to the European integration, Airbus improved its competitiveness and continues to show what Europe can achieve when countries come together.