The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) is a global aerospace and defence group and leading defence and military contractor worldwide. The group includes Airbus as the leading commercial aircraft-maker, with Airbus Military covering tanker, transport and mission aircraft, Eurocopter as the world's largest helicopter supplier and a space programme. EADS was formed through the July 2000 merger of Aérospatiale-Matra, DaimlerChrysler Aerospace (DASA), and Construcciones Aeronáuticas (CASA). 

A380 pilots’ skill averted crash: Australian regulator

A Qantas Airbus A380 takes off from Sydney. Photo: Reuters

Rolls-Royce failed to identify a defect that caused one of its engines to explode on a Qantas Airways Ltd aircraft carrying more than 400 people over Indonesia three years ago, an Australian safety regulator found.

Thursday, 27 June, 2013, 1:08pm 1 comment

Long-awaited A400M military plane sets out to conquer

The Airbus A400M can up to 37 tonnes over 3,300 kilometres and land in combat areas on rough terrain, even on sand. Photo: AP

The A400M, a long-awaited new military transport plane, will take to the skies at the upcoming Paris Air Show before finally setting out to conquer markets worldwide after a four-year delay.

17 Jun 2013 - 12:50pm

Wide-body jets dominate Paris Airshow amid muted US presence

Airbus and Boeing are showing off their next-generation long-range jets at the Paris Air Show. The planes are crucial to the future of both companies. Photos: Reuters, Bloomberg

After a bruising two-year fight for market share for smaller models, Airbus and Boeing are increasing the deployment of next-generation long-range jets, seen as crucial to the future of both companies and their suppliers.

18 Jun 2013 - 4:19am

EADS boss sees strong Airbus orders at Paris Airshow

European planemaker Airbus expects to sign orders for hundreds of passengers jets at next week’s Paris Airshow, the head of parent company EADS said.

Chief executive Tom Enders’s remarks came on the eve of the first flight of the company’s newest jet, the A350, which he described as a dynamo for tens of thousands of European jobs.

14 Jun 2013 - 2:16pm

Airbus next-generation plane prepares for first flight

The new A350 Airbus does a taxiing test at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. Photo: AFP

Airbus’s new A350 plane is due to take off on its much-anticipated maiden flight on Friday, a milestone for an aircraft the firm hopes will help close the gap with rival Boeing in the lucrative long-haul market.

13 Jun 2013 - 2:14pm

France backs Lauvergeon for “major” EADS role

France is lining up behind Anne Lauvergeon, former boss of nuclear power group Areva, where she earned the nickname “Atomic Anne”, who has been nominated to chair EADS. Photo: AFP

France has stepped up support for Anne Lauvergeon as the potential new chairwoman of EADS , injecting fresh uncertainty into efforts to free the European aerospace group’s top management from state interference.

29 Jan 2013 - 10:24am

AirAsia boss said to plan unveiling order for 100 Airbuses

AirAsia is now Airbus’s biggwest customer for single-aisle aircraft in the world. Photo: AFP

AirAsia, the region’s biggest discount airline, plans to unveil an order for 100 Airbus A320 jets on Thursday as the carrier expands operations to fend off rising competition, two people familiar with the contract said.

13 Dec 2012 - 9:55am

EADS and BAE Systems call off merger plan to form aerospace giant

EADS and BAE Systems call off merger plan to form aerospace giant

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space and BAE Systems abandoned their planned merger amid government resistance, leaving in tatters their aspiration to create the world's largest aerospace and defence company.

11 Oct 2012 - 3:03am

EADS, BAE call off world's biggest arms merger

  The deadline for BAE Systems and EADS to confirm a merger is just hours away. Photo: AFP

EADS and BAE Systems will not extend their merger talks later on Wednesday, calling an end to a plan to create the world’s largest defence group.

10 Oct 2012 - 8:17pm

BAE, EADS due to say if they seek to merge

  The deadline for BAE Systems and EADS to confirm a merger is just hours away. Photo: AFP

Leading European aerospace and defence companies EADS and BAE Systems are to ask Wednesday for a delay from British regulators to a deadline on announcing if they will pursue a tie-up that would create a global giant bigger than US rival Boeing, a source close to the matter said.\

10 Oct 2012 - 10:45am

EADS-BAE merger talks enter critical phase

Photo: AFP

Political wrangling between Germany, France and Britain has entered a critical phase ahead of an imminent deadline for a merger of EADS and BAE to create the world’s top aerospace and arms group.

8 Oct 2012 - 11:21am

EADS seeks merger with BAE to take on Boeing as military budgets shrink

European Aeronautic, Defence & Space and BAE Systems are reviving a decade-old plan to build an equal to Boeing that would balance civil and defence operations amid shrinking military budgets.

14 Sep 2012 - 3:27am