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Airbus SE
Industry Aerospace, Defence
Predecessor Aérospatiale-Matra, DASA, and CASA
Founded 18 December 1970; 49 years ago (1970-12-18) (as Airbus Industrie GIE)
Founder Roger Béteille, Felix Kracht, Henri Ziegler, Franz Josef Strauss
Area served
Worldwide
Products

Civilian

A220, A300, A310, A318, A319, A320, A321, A330, A340, A350, A380
Divisions Airbus Defence and Space SAS
Airbus Helicopters SAS

Airbus SE is a European multinational aerospace corporation that stood as the world's second biggest aerospace and defence company in 2018, behind only their primary competitor, Boeing.

It designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aerospace products worldwide and manufactures aircraft in the European Union and various other countries. The company has three divisions: Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space, and Helicopters, the third being the largest in its industry in terms of revenues and turbine helicopter deliveries.

The company's main civil aeroplane business is based in Blagnac, France, a suburb of Toulouse, with production and manufacturing facilities mostly in the European Union, but also in China and the United States. Around 55,000 people work for Airbus in sixteen places in four European Union countries: France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain.

The company produced and marketed the first commercially viable digital fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320, and the world's largest passenger airliner, the A380.

Airbus Industrie was officially started on 18 December 1970. The name "Airbus" was taken from a word used by airlines in the 1960s. It meant an aircraft with a certain size and range. By October 2016, the global Airbus fleet had performed more than 110 million flights, totaling over 215 billion kilometres and carrying 12 billion passengers.

The 12,000th aircraft, an A220, was delivered to Delta Air Lines on 20 May 2019.

Airbus has started "Flightpath 2050", which will lower the amount of noise, CO2 and NOx made by Airbus planes, they have also joined Honeywell and JetBlue Airways to lower the amount of pollution and how much oil planes need to use. They are trying to make a biofuel which could be used by 2030.

Airbus recently had the first flight using special fuel. It used 60% kerosene and 40% gas to liquids (GTL) fuel. It gave out the same amount of carbon, but less sulphur. The special fuel worked with Airbus' engine, so this type of fuel should not need new engines. This flight is thought to be a good advance towards environmentally-friendly planes.

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