Hamburg Aviation

Germany’s Largest Aviation Cluster

Hamburg Aviation is a non-profit networking and communications agency supporting the aviation cluster in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – a key location in the civil aviation world.

Over 40,000 highly qualified specialists are working here in Hamburg on the future of aviation.

Their core competencies cover the complete life cycle of an aircraft, from the design, manufacture and fitting out, to the global system of air transportation, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and finally to recycling. Put together, this makes Hamburg the third-biggest site in the civil aviation industry worldwide.

The two giants of the industry, Airbus and Lufthansa Technik, are joined by Hamburg Airport and more than 300 small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as a variety of scientific and technological institutions. Every one of them contributes know-how and expertise.

Companies, universities, associations, policymakers and other partners have come together to form Hamburg Aviation, a cluster dedicated to advancing the city as an aviation location.

Together they pursue a common goal: to network research and development, thereby bringing to market high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products that are good for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection.

Hamburg: The Aircraft Interiors Region

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No matter where in the world you board an aircraft – it is quite likely that the cabin was made in Hamburg, our home. Hamburg: A global aviation hub for the development of aircraft interiors.

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With 15,000 employees at the Finkenwerder, Stade and Buxtehude sites, Airbus is the largest industrial employer in the metropolitan region of Hamburg. With 50 percent of all single-aisle deliveries (30 per month from 4 final assembly lines), Hamburg is known as the “home” of the Airbus A320 family. For the long-haul aircraft A350, large parts of the CFRP fuselages and wings are assembled here. For the “flagship” A380, the cabin installation, painting, and the majority of deliveries take place here. All Airbus tail units are manufactured at the Stade plant. In addition, Hamburg is the leading competence center for cabin development.

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Hamburg has four Universities with aviation related fields of study: the Helmut Schmidt University (HSU - University of the Armed Forces), Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW), Technical University of Hamburg (TUHH) and the University of Hamburg (UHH).

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Lufthansa Technik

Headquartered in Hamburg and with over 8,000 employees on site, Lufthansa Technik is one of the region’s largest employers. The company is the world market leader in the field of MRO (maintenance, repair & overhaul) with 30 subsidiary companies around the globe. Its Hamburg seat is renowned as a center of excellence for VIP modification (e.g. government aircraft) and for engine overhaul, as well as for the development of new business fields, such as digital aircraft and fleet analysis (“predictive maintenance”).

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Hamburg belongs to the most renowned places for civil aviation research in the world. Prominent examples are the ZAL Center of Applied Aeronautical Research with over 260,000 sq ft and more than 30 partners, also the hosting the 2017-founded DLR institutes for system architectures and for MRO, Fraunhofer IAPT as competence center for 3D printing, as well as CFK-Valley in Stade as crystallization point for CFRP technology.

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Hamburg Airport

With over 17 million passengers per year, Hamburg Helmut Schmidt Airport is one of the most modern and of the fastest growing airports in Germany. At the same time, “HAM” is the oldest civil airport in the world still operating at its place of origin.

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More and more young companies populate the aviation site of Hamburg. They are supported by institutions like Airbus BizLab, TUHH Startup Dock or TuTech . ZAL TechCenter is also a focal point for startups like Jetlite, Synergeticon or Further fields of aviation also boast young companies, such as the Hamburg-based airport app for travelers, FLIO.

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With over 10,000 employees in ca. 300 companies, the small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) build the backbone of our aviation region. The main focus of our suppliers and service providers lie in the supply chain for aircraft production and aircraft interiors. Company sizes range from small, family-owned business to multinational corporations. Many of them are represented by the associations Hanse-Aerospace and HECAS.

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Political Institutions

Short ways and a “hands-on”-minded economic policy: Our aviation industry benefits from the city-state structure. Hamburg’s institutionalized cluster policy is an essential instrument of Hamburg's economic development strategy, and was awarded by the EU as a "Model Demonstrator Region“. Our industry networks are in close communication with each other, supported by public institutions like Hamburg Invest and especially the Ministry for Economics, Transport and Innovation (BWVI).

A tradition of excellence – the history of aviation in Hamburg

Aviation has a long tradition in Hamburg: from the early pioneers at the start of the 20th century to today’s high-tech location.

Aircraft were being built and tested in Hamburg as early as 1909 in the Centrale für Aviatic, which later became Hansa-Flugzeugwerke. The foundation stone of the airport was laid in 1911. At the time, it was principally reserved for airships.

In the 1920s and 1930s, aircraft manufacture in Hamburg blossomed, but it was appropriated by the military in the second world war. In the mid-1940s, Hamburger Flugzeugbau GmbH, founded by Blohm&Voss in 1933, built the largest aircraft of the time, the BV 238 flying boat. At the end of the war, however, the factories were disassembled.It was not until the mid-1950s that aircraft were produced in Hamburg again.

Lufthansa built its technical base on the airport site in 1955. From 1956, Hamburger Flugzeugbau GmbH began building military transporters such as the Noratlas and Transall, followed by the government personnel transport, the HFB 320 Hansa Jet. In 1969, this developed into the Franco-German Airbus programme, and Hamburg took off into a new era of aviation.

Hamburg is one of the most important locations worldwide in the civil aviation industry. The city can look back on a great tradition and look forward to an even greater future.

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