Aviation Industry

Hamburg is one of the world‘s leading locations for the civil aviation industry next to Seattle and Toulouse. More than 41,000 highly qualified employees are working in the industry.

Aviation Industry Hamburg

Its bundled competencies reflect all facets of aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance, and airport operations.

In addition to the three major companies – Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, and Hamburg Airport – more than 300 small and medium enterprises as well as numerous technological and scientific institutions contribute to Hamburg’s aviation expertise.

Airbus operates three sites in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. Ham-burg-Finkenwerder serves not only as delivery centre of the A380 megaliner, but also as production site of Airbus’ best-selling A320 Family. Airbus’ Ham-burg-based technology and research teams also developed the cabin for the A350 carbon fiber aircraft. In the show-room of the A350 Customer Definition Center, customers can experience the catalog solutions in a tangible and vir-tual way.

Buxtehude is the Airbus centre of competence of electronic cabin management systems such as CIDS, Stade is the competence centre for carbon fibre composites. Also located at Stade is the 100-per cent Airbus subsidiary KID-Systeme. Joined by the network of suppliers, they develop future-oriented construction methods and automated manufacturing processes in the growth market of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) at the CFK Valley Stade.

Lufthansa Technik is the leading provider of maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services for civil aircraft. With tailored maintenance programmes and state-of-the-art repair methods, Lufthansa Technik ensures the unbroken reliability and availability of its customers' fleets.

ZAL – Hamburg’s Center of Applied Aeronautical Research – is the technological research and development network of the civil aviation industry in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It functions as an interface between academic & research institutions, the aviation sector, and the City of Hamburg, aimed at securing and continually expanding the world’s third largest civil aviation location in Hamburg. Working together closely with the aviation cluster, Hamburg Aviation, ZAL bundles the technological competence of the city in a single facility, the ZAL TechCenter, thereby creating synergy.

ZAL’s focus is on the integration and industrialization of aviation technologies. To achieve this, ZAL networks industry and science, establishing an application-oriented think-tank culture, and making the very latest research and development infrastructure available to its partners.

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