European Aerospace and Defense Industry - Statistics & Facts

As a continent, Europe is home to some of the largest companies in the global aerospace and defense industry, including BAE Systems, Rolls Royce, Safran, Thales and Leonardo. Following the American manufacturer Boeing, Europe also plays host to the second largest manufacturer within this sector, Airbus, which had a worldwide revenue of 63.7 billion euros in 2018, with approximately 17.8 billion euros of it generated within Europe. In 2017, European sales within the defense and aerospace industry came to 228 billion euros, with more than 100 billion euros coming from military segments.

In 2018, European manufacturers shipped 600 aircraft to buyers across the world, with almost half of these aircraft being powered by single-engine pistons. These 600 aircraft contributed more than three billion U.S. dollars worth of net factory billings to the aircraft manufacturers. Other than the companies mentioned above such as Airbus and Leonardo, European manufacturers of aerospace systems and components include companies like Dassault Systèmes, GKN Aerospace and Liebherr. The latter recorded a revenue of 10.55 billion euros in 2018, through sales of industrial equipment, machine tools, aerospace and transportation systems and domestic appliances.

In terms of aircraft registrations, Turkey had a fleet of 515 aircrafts in 2018, whereas Germany housed 20,965 aircrafts in 2017.

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