Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. It has maintained a presence in South Africa since 1994. This year it registered a wholly-owned local entity, Airbus Southern Africa (PTY) Ltd, which is headquartered at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, South Africa.
As a world-leading aerospace company, Airbus designs, manufactures and supports a range of 100-600 seat commercial airliners, military transport and special missions aircraft, helicopters, rocket-launchers and satellites. It also provides a comprehensive array of aviation, space and geo-intelligence systems and solutions to government and civilian customers.
The Grand Central base is home to the company’s regional Helicopters and Defence & Space businesses.
Airbus Helicopters provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to Southern African and Indian Ocean customers who operate an in-service fleet of around 300 turbine helicopters, to serve, protect, save lives and safely transport passengers in highly demanding environments. This arm of the business also supports customers from its branch in Nairobi.
Airbus Defence and Space is responsible for sales and support of military transport aircraft in service with the SA Air Force and other armed forces in the SADC region. It also supplies satellite images, geo-intelligence and space data solutions to government, research and commercial customers.
Airbus has an extensive South African industrial network engaged in the design, engineering and manufacture of components, sub-assemblies and equipment for aircraft and satellites.
Similarly, since 2006 Airbus has worked closely with South African research institutes, including the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, the National Aerospace Centre of Excellence and several universities on a diverse range of projects.
Worldwide, including South Africa, Airbus employs a workforce of around 129,000 people.