Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services has maintained a presence in South Africa since 1994. Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd is headquartered at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, South Africa. The Grand Central base is home to the company’s regional Helicopters and Defence and Space businesses.
As a world-leading aerospace company, Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger 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.
Airbus Helicopters provides the most efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to sub-Saharan Africa customers who operate an in-service fleet of around 340 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.
An extensive regional network
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 and 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 135 000 people.