Airbus is an aircraft
manufacturer division of Airbus Group, which was founded in1970. It is
based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing
facilities mainly in France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Airbus employs around 63,000 people
at sixteen sites in four countries: France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Final assembly production is
based at Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; and, since 2009 as a
joint-venture, Tianjin,China. Airbus has subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, China and India.
The company produces and markets
the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus
A320, and the world's largest passenger
airliner, the A380.
Airbus makes the freedom of flight possible, having
evolved during the past 40 years thanks to the vision, innovation and passion
of its employees.
The A300 became the world’s first
twin-engine widebody jet with its commercial service entry during 1974. It was
followed in the early 1980s by Airbus’ shorter-fuselage A310 derivative, then
later that decade by the company’s single-aisle A320 – which has developed into
one of the most successful aircraft families in history with the A318, A319,
A320 and A321.
The 1990s saw Airbus introduce
its long-range A330/A340 Family, and a new era of airline travel started in
2007 when the 525-seat A380 began commercial operation. Responding to market
requirements, Airbus also launched its A350 XWB twin-engine jetliner – which
brings together the very latest in aerodynamics, design and advanced
To maintain its competitive edge,
Airbus continues to invest in improvements across the product line – including
development of the A320neo (new engine option) version, its A330neo variant and
more. The company’s international production network also has been
significantly expanded over the years, highlighted by its single-aisle final
assembly line in Tianjin, China, along with the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing
Facility for A320 Family jetliners – the construction of which began in Mobile,
Alabama during 2013.