Airbus Operations GmbH

Airbus is a founding member of Hamburg Aviation.


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Airbus is a global leader in the aerospace industry and the pertinent services.

The group employs some 130,000 people at nearly 180 locations all over the world. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of commercial aircraft with a seating capacity between 100 and more than 600 seats. The company is the European market leader for tanker, fighter, transport and mission aircraft and one of the largest space companies in the world. The civil and military helicopters of Airbus are characterised by high efficiency and in demand all over the world. In 2017, Airbus generated a turnover of 59 billion Euros.  Every 1.4 seconds, an Airbus aircraft takes off or lands somewhere on the planet.

With its roughly 12,500 employees, Hamburg is the largest German Airbus site and also the registered office of Airbus Operations GmbH. Other sites with a long-standing tradition and experience in the development and production of commercial aircraft are located in Bremen, Stade and Buxtehude.

Hamburg plays a central role in the development and production of all Airbus aircraft and is one of the largest employers in the region. The site is home to four final assembly lines and the global programme management for the successful A320 family. Furthermore, fuselage sections for all commercial Airbus aircraft are assembled and equipped with flight-essential systems. Hamburg also delivers major work packages for the Airbus A380: Painting and cabin furnishing of all A380 aircraft is done there before they leave the Hanseatic City after hand-over to customers from Europe and the Middle East.

The airlines’ individual cabin definition for all Airbus aircraft is managed from Hamburg. For the A350 XWB, this process takes place in the unique Customer Definition Centre (CDC) which boasts latest technologies and showrooms to expedite and simplify cabin definition.

The research and development focus of Airbus in Hamburg is, among other things, on the area of cabin and cabin systems, air conditioning systems, fuselage structures and manufacturing engineering.

The Finkenwerder site accommodates training facilities for aircraft maintenance where hundreds of airline employees undergo training each year. In Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, Airbus operates a large spares centre stocking some 120,000 original parts and being available to customers from all over the world via a round-the-clock hotline.