Airbus is the leading global manufacturer of the most innovative commercial and military aircraft, with Airbus Military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft. Its commercial product line comprises aircraft that range in size from the roughly 100-seat single-aisle A318 to the over 500-seat A380 widebody aircraft. Today, Airbus consistently captures about half of all commercial airliner orders.
Airbus' focus on the environment
Over the last 40 years, the company has built a reputation on reacting to market demands, developing and evolving its products to meet the needs of customers and the wider world. As such, technological innovation has been at the core of Airbus’ strategy since its creation. Currently, more than 90% of Airbus Research & Technology investments are focused on reducing the environmental footprint of its products. This investment goes mainly to the development of new aircraft technologies, to the improvement and implementation of a modern Air Traffic Management and to the implementation of alternative-fuel value chains. Furthermore, Airbus has received the ISO 14001 environmental certification that covers all of its production sites, as well as its airliner products throughout their lifecycle.
From A320 to A350 XWB: the Airbus family concept
More than 6,000 Airbus aircraft are currently in operation across 14 jetliner models that cover the A320 Family — the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft family — the A330 Family and the A380, Airbus’ 21st century flagship. The A320neo (new engine option) is the latest upgrade to the A320 Family. These new A319, A320 and A321 models feature new engines and large wingtip devices known as Sharklets. Together they result in a 15% fuel-burn reduction, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of 3,600 tonnes per aircraft. The A350 XWB is an all new family of mid-sized wide-body aircraft that will continue to shape the future of air travel. The A350 XWB features A380 technology, a wider fuselage than that of competing new-generation aircraft, and a greater use of composite material, which results in lighter-weight aircraft.
Airbus Military: at the forefront of transport aircraft
Airbus Military is responsible for the A400M programme, the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A330 and for further military derivatives based on Airbus civil aircraft, as well as the C295, CN235 and C212 light and medium military transport aircraft. The A400M multi-role military airlifter is larger, more modern and more flexible than other in-service aircraft in its class, while the A330 MRTT can deliver 4,600 litres of fuel per minute.
AIRBUS IN FIGURES
2011 revenues €33.1 billion (incl. €2.5 billion for Airbus Military) Employees 69,300 Civil aircraft sold nearly 11,500 Civil aircraft delivered over 7,000 Military aircraft sold over 1,000 Military aircraft delivered over 800
An Airbus aircraft takes off or lands every 2.3 seconds