The very prototype of a European corporate champion, the global leader in aeronautics and armament carries considerable political weight.

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  • 1st for aeronautics globally
  • 1st for the space industry in Europe
  • 1st for helicopters globally

Profits and dividends (million €)

Employees in France and globally (End 2021)

Greenhouse gas emissions

CEO pay

4,1 million € (2021)

Pay ratio between CEO and average employee

39 (2021)


19 % of employees 20 % of the executive committee (2021)

Declared lobbying expenses

4,5 -5 million € (Paris, Brussels and Washington, 2021)

Share of subsidiaries in secret jurisdictions

28,6 % (2019)


24,8 % of turnover (2021)
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  • Headquarters Blagnac and Leyden (Netherlands)
  • Leadership Guillaume Faury (CEO), René Obermann (chairman of the board)
  • Shareholders French state (10.95%), German state (10.93%), Spanish state (4.12%).
  • Board members René Obermann (chairman), Guillaume Faury (CEO), Victor Chu (First Eastern), Jean-Pierre Clamadieu (Engie), Ralph D. Crosby, Jr. (Excelitas Holdings), Lord Paul Drayson (Sensyne Health plc and Freevolt Technologies), Mark Dunkerley (Spirit Airlines and Volotea Airlines), Stephan Gemkow (ex Lufthansa, BNP Paribas), Catherine Guillouard (RATP), Amparo Moraleda (administator of companies), Claudia Nemat (Deutsche Telekom), Carlos Tavares (Stellantis), Irene Rummelhoff (Equinor).
  • Key subsidiaries MBDA, ArianeGroup
  • Former names and companies absorbed EADS, Aérospatiale-Matra, Eurocopter
  • Main countries France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom

Created in 2000 under the name EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space), Airbus brought together most French, German and Spanish aeronautical companies to form a world-class corporation capable of competing with its North American counterpart Boeing. It is traditionally led by a French and German shared executive leadership.

It is therefore the European champion par excellence, ultra-dominant in its sector of activity and very influential on both EU institutions and national governments. It provides a model that political leaders have subsequently tried to replicate (with little success) through the desire to create “Airbus for energy”, transport or batteries. The disproportionate political influence of Airbus has unfortunately been used to hold back European governments’ action on climate change.

In addition to civil aeronautics, Airbus is a major player in the arms industry (helicopters and combat aircraft) as well as in the space industry (rockets and satellites).

Present on highly contested markets and at the heart of Euro-American commercial battles, Airbus has been involved in recent years in a major corruption scandal which it managed to settle by paying a fine of several billion euros.

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