Airbus sells its shares in Alestis Aerospace

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw April 2, 2019 15:08

Airbus sells its shares in Alestis Aerospace

Airbus has entered into an agreement to sell its shares in Alestis Aerospace to Aciturri, a company headquartered in Miranda de Ebro, Spain.

With this acquisition, Aciturri will become the majority shareholder of Alestis Aerospace, holding 76% of Alestis’ shares, in collaboration with SEPI which will maintain its participation with 24% of the new shareholding structure.

“Aciturri’s acquisition of Airbus’ shares in Alestis reinforces the company’s position as a supplier of reference in the aerospace sector and ensures its long-term viability and future,” said Alberto Gutierrez, Head of Airbus Spain and Head of Military Aircraft at Airbus Defence and Space.

Alestis Aerospace is an aerostructures supplier and a leader in composite technology, whose activities include the design, development, and manufacturing of structural aerospace components. In 2018, its revenues reached € 283 million and the company has more than 1,600 employees distributed mainly between Spain and Brazil.

Airbus entered into the shareholding structure of Alestis Aerospace in 2014.

The closing of the transaction is subject to certain conditions’ precedent that should be completed in the short term.

Airbus’ Airspace Customer Definition Centre opens new cabin customization areas for A320 and A330 programmes

Airbus has extended its Airspace Customer Definition Centre (CDC) at its Airbus site in Hamburg, Germany for cross-programme cabin customization by now including the A320 and A330 programmes – to complement the existing A350 XWB customization areas. From now on operators of all these programmes can experience the well-established approach for a fast, easy and state-of-the-art cabin definition which Airbus has been offering for A350 XWB customers since the original CDC first opened in 2014. Furthermore, the CDC now fully adopts the ‘Airspace’ Cabin Brand, which was first launched with the A330neo. Consequently, the CDC was renamed to Airspace Customer Definition Centre.

Following the launch of this extension in April 2017, construction began to enlarge the existing CDC premises by redeveloping and equipping a large adjacent aircraft hangar into a state-of-the-art and cooperative working environment. Recently completed, the new facility adds approximately 4,500 m² of new space over two floors dedicated for A320 and A330 customers, and will foster the realisation of their integrated cabin solutions. The CDC extension features new customer-specific mock-up areas as well as highly flexible presentation and conference rooms on two levels with the ambience of an industrial loft.

“With the ability of the A320-Family aircraft to serve long-range routes and the A330neo evolution, the cabins of these aircraft families have become more specific and are subject to intense customization,” said Sören Scholz, Airbus Senior Vice President Cabin & Cargo Programme. “Since today four out of five A350 XWB customers are simultaneously A320/A330 operators this step is a win-win-situation for all involved stakeholders to foster and streamline the cabin definition across their fleet.”

Lauren Eldershaw
By Lauren Eldershaw April 2, 2019 15:08