Airbus in Germany

With a substantial presence in Germany, Airbus has shaped the national aerospace industry for decades. Some of the company's largest and most important sites are located here.

A stable socio-economic impact

Numbers and facts about Airbus in Germany

The strong roots of Airbus in Germany provide important impetus for growth and competitiveness, for both the company and for Germany as an industrial location. The Company works with nearly 13,000 external suppliers in Germany and buys goods and services worth around €6 billion, while achieving a turnover of around €4.5 billion with German customers.

13,000 workers

Since the foundation of the company in 2000, the number of workers in Germany has increased by almost 13,000

Airbus employs over 48,000 people across its 29 sites in Germany, representing close to half of the country’s aerospace workforce. The fact that the number of workers in Germany has increased by almost 13,000 since the foundation of the company demonstrates the significance of Germany within Airbus.

In cooperation with its customers, Airbus also develops cutting-edge technologies and tailor-made products that reinforce national security, including military helicopters, satellite programmes for secure military communications and the Eurofighter, Europe’s largest collaborative procurement programme.

Automated detection of bacteria with micro mechanic filters by Speetect – an Airbus self-funded start-up Company based at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen.

Airbus is one of the world’s biggest drivers of innovation. In 2015, it invested €3.5 billion in self-financed research and development – placing it among Germany’s ten most predominantly research-oriented companies.

The company holds around 11,000 patent families and 37,000 individual patents. Environmentally friendly technologies play a key role in the company's research with the extraction of biofuels from algae being one of the main focal points in Germany.

Furthermore, Airbus is committed to promoting young scientific talent. In 2012, the company launched a one-of-a-kind project at the Ludwig Bölkow Campus in Ottobrunn near Munich. This is enabling science and industry to combine their strengths in joint research projects.

Work on the campus is not restricted to the research of current issues such as 'green aerospace'. Students will have the opportunity to pursue degrees and a start-up centre at the campus will ensure rapid knowledge transfer between both the academic world and industry.

Inspiring new careers in the industry

1,500 apprentices

Airbus currently employs around 2,000 apprentices in Germany and more than 1,500 interns, working students and PhD students.

Beyond its growing workforce in Germany, apprentices have become an essential pillar for Airbus in Germany, where dual education has a long tradition. The ‘Duales Studium’ is an apprenticeship scheme in which students combine formal education with a more practical and specialised approach in a company for a period of between three and five years.

Furthermore, through its partnerships with organisations like Femtec, which promotes engineering and science among female students in Germany, Airbus is encouraging technical careers by inviting students to participate in technological projects within the company.

Facility in Germany
The sites in Germany have core competencies for key programmes such as the EC135, A320neo, Eurofighter and Ariane 5.

From Hamburg to the skies

Hamburg is the site where A380 jetliners are fitted with their cabin interiors and painted for final delivery.

Airbus Commercial Aircraft provides almost a third of all German jobs in the civil aviation industry, with approximately 20,000 employees in the country. Three-quarters of these work in Hamburg.

Thanks to decades of manufacturing experience, the site plays a key role in the development and production of all Airbus programmes. Hamburg hosts the programme-management of the A320 family. Manufacturing of structural components for the A318, A319, A320 and A321 as well as final assembly of the four aircraft types are done in Hamburg.

More than 50% of the company’s yearly single-aisle production is delivered from Hamburg to customers all over the world. The site plays also a key role in the A380 programme: The structural assembly and the equipping of the forward and complete rear fuselage sections are located here as well as the paint shops.

Final acceptance and delivery of A380s for customers in Europe and the Middle East takes place in the northern German city. Hamburg also plays a key role in the A330 and A350 XWB programmes: The forward and the rear fuselage sections are manufactured and equipped here.

3,000 people

More than 3,000 people work at the second-largest Airbus in Bremen, Germany

Nearby, in Bremen, more than 3,000 people work at the second-largest Airbus site in Germany. It is responsible for the design, manufacture, integration and testing of high-lift systems for the wings of all Airbus programmes. The vertical tail planes for all Airbus programmes are produced at Stade, one of the world's leading centres in the use of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), the weight-saving composite material which Airbus has increasingly incorporated into its aircraft.

Furthermore, at Stade, major components made of CFRP for the fuselage and the wings of the A350 XWB are manufactured here. Stade employs approximately 2,000 people.

Airbus Defence and Space:

Europe’s number one in the defence and space business

Barracuda forms one of the elements of Airbus Defence and Space's comprehensive Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) capabilities.

Airbus Defence and Space has its Headquarters in Ottobrunn/Taufkirchen near Munich. Ottobrunn also hosts the production of solar panels for satellites as well as the design, development and manufacturing of rocket engines and thrust chambers for the Ariane 5 launch vehicle. Furthermore, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope has the Ottobrunn built Near Infrared Spectrograph on board, which is capable of detecting the faintest radiation from the most distant galaxies.

The centre of competence for military air systems is located in Manching. The site hosts the Eurofighter programme, including final assembly, system tests and flight trials for the German Air Force. Furthermore, all other aircraft made by Airbus Defence and Space of the German Air Force are serviced in Manching.

In addition, Airbus Defence and Space research and development activities in unmanned flight have made the site a renowned German centre for the development of Unmanned Aerial Systems such as the Barracuda technology test bed and innovative demonstrators like the Quadcruiser.

The site of Airbus Defence and Space in Ulm is home to the German centre of competence for radar technology: the Eurofighter’s on-board radar, border security systems, maritime radars as well as radar antennas for satellites are developed and manufactured here.

For the military transport aircraft A400M the site in Bremen develops and builds the integrated fuselage assembly, including the cargo loading system. Bremen is also known as the centre of competence for space transportation, manned space flight and space robotic.

Its highly-skilled employees work on key programmes such as the Ariane 5 civil launcher and the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle – a joint project between NASA and ESA. Bremen is also responsible for the operation of the European components of the International Space Station ISS.

The site of Airbus Defence and Space in Friedrichshafen is the development centre of satellites, probes, instruments and equipment for Earth observation, navigation, metrology and space exploration.

Furthermore, the site’s product portfolio consists also of reconnaissance and surveillance systems, avionics, unmanned systems, obstacle warning systems for helicopters, command and communications systems, mobile hospital solutions as well as sensors for aerial reconnaissance and space.

Airbus Helicopters: at the heart of innovation in Germany

Airbus Helicopters has become a core manufacturer and service provider for key products such as the EC145 T2.

Airbus Helicopters has approximately 7,000 employees in Germany. Donauwörth is the company’s main site in Germany and the second-largest in the world. For example, the H135 and the H145 are designed, manufactured and put on the market here as well as the UHT support helicopter, Tiger, and the transport and naval helicopter, NH90, for the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) and foreign customers.

The development centre with its 800 engineers is the reason why Donauwörth is the centre of competence for tomorrow’s helicopter technology in Germany. The site is also home to the Military Support Centre where helicopters of the Bundeswehr e.g. CH-53, Sea Lynx and Sea King are serviced and equipped with the latest technology. The core business of Donauwörth is not only helicopters but also the manufacturing of aircraft doors. Using state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies about 80% of all Airbus-doors are produced here.

The other main location of Airbus Helicopters in Germany is Kassel, where the company carries out maintenance and repair activities, as well as technical training and equipment integration.