2021 was a year for recovery,
a year for preparing the future.

For Airbus 2021 was a year of recovery and resilience. It was also a year in which we pioneered sustainable aerospace for a safe and united world as our decarbonisation plans triggered change across the aviation sector as a whole.

Key events of 2021

2021 at a glance


(€ million)


(2020: 49,912)

EBIT Adjusted
(€ million)


(2020; 1,706)

EBIT Reported
(€ million)


(2020: -510)

Reported earnings per share(€)


(2020: -1.45)


Energy consumption (GWh)


(Total consumption from stationary sources)

CO2e Scope 1 & 2 emissions (ktons)


(Scope 2: location based with purchased guarantees of origin deduced)

Health and Safety training hours (to 28,144 employees)


(October 2020 to September 2021)

Number of employees



(2020: 131,349)

Chairman’s message &
Chief Executive Officer interview

René Obermann

 I would like to express a big thank you to our great Airbus teams around the world for their continued dedication.

 René Obermann
 Chairman of the Board

Chairman's full message

Guillaume Faury

As a company we again showed our resilience by adapting and performing in a complex and fast-changing environment.

 Guillaume Faury
Chief Executive Officer

CEO's full interview


A strategy to deliver our purpose

The Airbus Strategy is based on four strategic priorities that will enable the Company to deliver on its purpose.
These strategic priorities focus on geopolitics, sovereignty, resilience and sustainability.

Strategy Pillars


Prioritising sustainability

Sustainability is at the core of Airbus SE’s strategy and operations.

Airbus Foundation 2021

Active year for Airbus Foundation

The Airbus Foundation continued to support partners in COVID-19 and disaster response by coordinating humanitarian aid flights to Ivory Coast, Uganda and Nepal. Helicopter flight hours were chartered in Chile and Papua New Guinea to support communities impacted by COVID-19 and in Haiti to conduct aerial assessment following an earthquake. The Foundation also responded to satellite imagery requests from partners for disaster assessment and response plans. The Airbus Foundation Discovery Space digital platform was enriched with new educational videos and activities.

Airbus Summit 2021 Day 01 - Static Display By Drone

The Airbus Summit: pioneering sustainable aerospace

Airbus SE brought together leading figures from across aerospace and beyond to debate the industry’s sustainability challenges. They discussed the unparalleled cooperation that will be required across industry, government, airlines, airports, energy companies and civil society. Key players from the energy and airport industries discussed how their ecosystems must develop to allow greater use of SAF and deploy hydrogen infrastructure. The increasing role of space-based systems in detecting climatic and environmental change was acknowledged.


New technologies for Flightlab, CityAirbus NextGen

Airbus Helicopters started test flights aboard Flightlab, a platform-agnostic flying laboratory designed to mature new technologies. These include hybrid and electric propulsion, as well as technologies for autonomous flight, sound reduction, improvements to maintenance and flight safety. These technologies could later equip the current helicopter range and even future fixed-wing or eVTOL platforms. At the Airbus Summit, plans for the CityAirbus NextGen all-electric flying vehicle designed for the Urban Air Mobility market were revealed.

Fello'fly Transatlantic Flight Test

Sharing skies to cut CO2 emissions

Airbus performed the first long-haul demonstration of more efficient formation flight in general air traffic regulated transatlantic airspace, with two test A350 aircraft flying three kilometres apart from Toulouse to Montreal. Over 6 tonnes of CO2 emissions were saved, confirming the potential for more than a 5% fuel saving on long-haul flights as part of the fello’fly demonstrator project. Flight control systems developed by Airbus position the follower aircraft safely in the wake updraft of the lead aircraft, allowing it to reduce engine thrust and fuel consumption.

Operational review


Commercial aircraft deliveries and order intake increased, with earnings improving significantly. The year included numerous operational, product and sustainability milestones.

Key achievements 2021

  • Deliveries rise 8% to 611 aircraft
  • Strong increase in order intake
  • A350F launched, orders received
  • Decarbonisation initiatives progress
Shell Aircraft looking to introduce the H160 into service

Airbus Helicopters

The Division reported higher deliveries and an improvement in both revenues and earnings. It also made progress with new programmes, new services, product improvements and decarbonisation projects.

Key achievements 2021

  • Deliveries rise 13% to 338 units
  • First H160 delivered
  • Book-to-bill ratio well above 1
  • Progress on decarbonisation roadmap
Pléiades Neo satellite

Airbus Defence and Space

The Division contributed positively to the Company’s overall performance, reporting higher earnings and stronger order intake. The year included a number of important contract wins and programme milestones.

Key achievements 2021

  • Book-to-bill ratio by value of 1.3
  • A400M finds export success
  • Pléiades Neo enters service
  • Important Eurofighter and C295 contracts


Full Annual Report 2021

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Airbus SE Universal Registration Document 2021

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