Airbus Operations GmbH

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Airbus Operations GmbH

Almost 22,500 people work for Airbus in Germany. The company’s five German sites in Hamburg, Bremen, Nordenham, Stade and Buxtehude are all located in the North of Germany and have a rich history in aircraft design and construction.

Hamburg, the headquarters of Airbus Commercial Aircraft in Germany and the largest Airbus site in Germany, employs more than 15,000 people and plays a key role in the development and manufacturing of all Airbus aircraft. The company is also one of the biggest employers in the region. Over 240 apprentices start their careers each year at Airbus in Hamburg.

Hamburg is the home of the A320 Family programme management. For the A320 Family's members, the A318, A319, A319neo, A320, A320neo, A321 and A321neo as well as A321LR and A321XLR, structural assembly and equipping of fuselage sections as well as final assembly take place here. Major aircraft components are also collected and transported from Hamburg to Airbus’ final assembly lines outside Europe in China (Tianjin) and the US (Mobile).

Hamburg also plays a key role in the A330 and A350 programmes. The forward and the rear fuselage sections are manufactured and equipped in Hamburg and delivered to their respective final assembly lines in Toulouse. In the production domain, Hamburg's many years of manufacturing experience in fuselage structural assembly and system installation make this site a “Centre of Competence” for fuselage and cabin.

In the engineering domain, key competences in Hamburg revolve mainly around the development of fuselage structure and the design, innovation and systems of the cabin. For all Airbus aircraft families the airline’s individual cabin definition is managed from Hamburg. For the A320, A330 and A350 this takes place in the unique Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) housing the latest technologies and showrooms for a faster and easier cabin definition process.

The Finkenwerder site also houses A320 Family maintenance training facilities that receive hundreds of airline trainees every year. Close to the commercial airport of Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel, Airbus operates a large spares centre - which holds some 120,000 proprietary parts, as well as a 24/7 spares call centre for its customers from around the world.   

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