34 Facts About Airbus Industrie


Airbus Industrie SE is a European multinational aerospace corporation.

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Airbus Industrie produces and markets the first commercially viable digital fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320, and the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380.

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Airbus Industrie's registered headquarters is in Leiden, Netherlands, but its head office is located in Toulouse, France.

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Airbus Industrie is led by CEO Guillaume Faury and is a component of the Euro Stoxx 50 stock market index.

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In 2001, Airbus Industrie GIE was reorganised as Airbus SAS, a simplified joint-stock company.

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All Airbus Industrie aircraft developed since then have cockpit systems similar to the A320, making it easier to train crew.

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Airbus Industrie is studying a replacement for the A320 series, tentatively dubbed NSR, for "New Short-Range aircraft".

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Airbus Industrie however opted to enhance the existing A320 design using new winglets and working on aerodynamical improvements.

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Airbus Industrie supplied replacement parts and service for Concorde until its retirement in 2003.

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In September 2014, Aerion partnered with Airbus Industrie to collaborate on designing the Aerion AS2, a supersonic 11-seater private business jet, hoping for a market entry in 2021.

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In June 2013, Airbus Industrie announced that it was developing a range of "smart suitcases" known as Bag2Go for air travellers, in conjunction with luggage-maker Rimowa and IT firm T-Systems.

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In January 1999 Airbus Industrie established a separate company, Airbus Industrie Military SAS, to undertake development and production of a turboprop-powered tactical transport aircraft, the A400M.

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The A400M project has suffered several delays; Airbus Industrie has threatened to cancel the development unless it receives state subsidies.

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On 25 February 2008 Airbus Industrie won an order for three air refuelling MRTT aircraft, adapted from A330 passenger jets, from the United Arab Emirates.

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Airbus Industrie numbering system is an alpha numeric model number followed by a dash and a three digit number.

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Airbus Industrie Transport International is a cargo airline that operates a fleet of five Airbus Industrie Beluga aircraft.

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Airbus Industrie Helicopters, formerly known as Eurocopter, is a helicopter manufacturing and support company.

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In September 2014 Airbus Industrie considered divesting Dassault and several other units to focus on aerospace.

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Airbus Industrie has several final assembly lines for different models and markets.

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Airbus Industrie has a number of other plants in different European locations, reflecting its foundation as a consortium.

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Airbus Industrie opened an assembly plant in Tianjin, People's Republic of China for its A320 series airliners in 2009.

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In February 2019, Airbus Industrie stated that production of the A380 will end in 2021 after Emirates, the biggest customer for the plane, reduced its outstanding order for 53 planes to just fourteen.

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Airbus Industrie has committed to the "Flightpath 2050", an aviation industry plan to reduce noise, CO2, and NOx emissions.

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Airbus Industrie was the first aerospace business to become ISO 14001 certified, in January 2007; this is a broader certification covering the whole organisation, not just the aircraft it produces.

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In September 2020, Airbus Industrie unveiled four liquid hydrogen-fueled "ZEROe" concept aircraft that it claims could become the first commercial zero-emission aircraft, entering service by 2035.

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In July 2004 former Boeing CEO Harry Stonecipher accused Airbus Industrie of abusing a 1992 bilateral EU-US agreement providing for disciplines for large civil aircraft support from governments.

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Airbus Industrie is given reimbursable launch investment, called "launch aid" by the US, from European governments with the money being paid back with interest plus indefinite royalties, but only if the aircraft is a commercial success.

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Airbus Industrie contends that this system is fully compliant with the 1992 agreement and WTO rules.

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WTO ruled in August 2010 and in May 2011 that Airbus Industrie had received improper government subsidies through loans with below market rates from several European countries.

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In July 2016, SFO opened a criminal investigation into "suspicions of fraud, bribes and corruption" after Airbus Industrie informed British authorities of a failure to disclose the role played by some intermediaries facilitating the sale of aircraft.

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Airbus Industrie was required to provide this information in order to benefit from export credits, which the British, French and German governments had suspended.

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Allegations included that from 2012 onwards Airbus Industrie was responsible for recruiting and remunerating intermediaries to influence the award of civil and military contracts.

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Airbus Industrie recognised the charges and agreed to pay fines of €3.

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In March 2015, Airbus Industrie launched an accelerator program to infuse startup and intrapreneurial innovations called Airbus Industrie BizLab.

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