Annual Report 2020 Quick Read

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2020 was a challenging year for our industry, stakeholders, and broader society.


EBIT Adjusted (€ million)
(2019: 6,946)
EBIT Reported (€ million)
(2019: 1,339)
Reported loss per share (€)
(2019 loss per share: -1.75)
Order intake (€ million)
(2019: 81,195)


Total energy consumption (GWh)
(Excluding electricity generated by CHP on site for own use)
Health and Safety training hours (to 37,599 employees)
(October 2019 to September 2020)
Ethics and Compliance e-learning sessions
(1 October 2019 to 30 September 2020)
Number of employees
(end 2019: 134,931)

Chairman’s message &
Chief Executive Officer interview

Sustainability is now deeply ingrained in the Company’s purpose and is truly becoming part of its DNA.

René Obermann, Chairman of the Board
Chairman's full message

I’m proud that despite the crisis, we made 2020 a year of progress for Airbus in sustainable aerospace.

Guillaume Faury, Chief Executive Officer
CEO's full interview


The year was a test of our resilience - of our operations and our values - and we are proud to have withstood this test by remaining agile and focused on our purpose.


Supporting the global fight against COVID-19 was a key activity during 2020. The Company also focused on ensuring the health and safety of employees and implemented new working standards and processes where required.


The Company quickly adapted its operations and business practices to reflect the new COVID-19 market environment as well as travel and health restrictions.


Despite COVID-19, the Company retained its strong focus on innovation to shape a sustainable aerospace industry that is autonomous, connected and zero-emission. Innovation is also pivotal to sustaining a competitive edge.


By delivering current programmes and progressing with innovative future technologies, the Company aims to retain its leading market position in the coming decades.


2020 was a landmark year for sustainability, as the Company made pioneering sustainable aerospace a strategic goal in line with its purpose.

Partners join fello’fly initiative

Airbus was joined by two airline customers and three air navigation service providers to demonstrate the operational feasibility of its fello’fly initiative. Imitating the behaviour of birds, which fly together to use as little energy as possible, flying an aircraft in the smooth updraft of another aircraft could reduce fuel consumption by 5-10% per trip.

Airbus Foundation’s active year

In a year when many children were forced to study from home, the Airbus Foundation launched its #AirbusDiscoverAtHome series on social media. It also continued to deliver aid to disaster zones. Following a major explosion, the Foundation and its partners sent a fully-loaded A350 to Beirut with 90 cubic metres of aid on board.

Read more about Sustainability at Airbus

Operational review


Commercial aircraft deliveries showed resilience and the year-on-year decline reflected the adverse market environment. 2020 still included a number of operational milestones.

Key achievements 2020

  • 566 aircraft deliveries, showing resilience
  • First US-assembled A220 delivered
  • 1,500th A330 Family aircraft delivered
  • A321XLR development progresses
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Airbus Helicopters

The Division showed resilience, retaining its leading market position and reporting higher earnings. Meanwhile, two new models were certified and further steps were taken on innovation programmes.

Key achievements 2020

  • Leading position in civil and parapublic market retained
  • First five-bladed H145 deliveries following certification
  • H160 helicopter certified by EASA
  • CityAirbus and VSR700 innovation projects reach milestones
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Airbus Defence and Space

The Division supported the Company’s overall performance, reporting higher order intake and earnings. Progress was made during the year on key European defence programmes.

Key achievements 2020

  • Germany orders 38 new Eurofighters
  • Major telecommunication satellite contract wins
  • Book-to-bill by value above 1
  • Nine A400M aircraft delivered
Read more about Airbus Defence and Space