European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has formally announced on January 3, 2022, the launch of a new subsidiary, Airbus Atlantic.
A global player in the aerostructures field, Airbus Atlantic was officially established on January 1, 2022. It is expected to combine the resources and skills of Airbus’s sites in Nantes and Montoir-de-Bretagne, the central functions associated with their activities, as well as the STELIA Aerospace sites worldwide.
This unification is part of a transformation project announced in April 2021, aimed at strengthening the value chain of aerostructure assembly within Airbus’s industrial setup, considered as the company’s core business. It is intended to gain competitiveness, innovation and quality for the benefit of Airbus’s programmes.
With more than 500 direct suppliers (flying products) and more than 2,000 indirect suppliers (general procurement products), Airbus Atlantic will be an essential element in the group’s value chain and will play a key role with regard to the aerostructure supply chain.
The new company aims at delivering quality and operational excellence to Airbus and to aircraft manufacturers such as Dassault Aviation, Bombardier and ATR, as well as to airlines worldwide with its premium passenger seat range.
“At the heart of Airbus, Airbus Atlantic aims at meeting the great challenges linked to a sustainable aviation industry, pioneering new technologies”, said CEO of Airbus Atlantic Cédric Gautier in a press statement.
“Our first mission will be to ensure the satisfaction of all our customers and to establish new standards of excellence in terms of quality and operational efficiency. I have full confidence in the talent, enthusiasm and commitment of the Airbus Atlantic teams to write this new chapter of our history with success.”
Airbus Atlantic has an estimated business volume of more than $3.9 billion ( €3.5 billion), and is the number 2 player in the aerostructures market, number 1 in pilot seats, and is in the top three for premium passenger seats marketed under the STELIA Aerospace brand. As an Airbus wholly-owned subsidiary, Airbus Atlantic’s mission is to drive competitiveness with the flexibility, speed, simplicity and agility of an aerostructure Tier-1.
As of January 1, 2022, Airbus Atlantic counts 13,000 employees in 5 countries and 3 continents.