Airbus is a European situated in the EU (Toulouse, France) company that designs and assembles commercial aircraft, aeroplanes, military jets etc. the global company also has a division that specialises in data services, triangulation, protected communications, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global measure. The aviation sector being a global industry, the aerospace industry is one of the most investment concentrated industries in the world. The company has a footprint I over 180 locations globally. Their assembly lines are situated in Asia, Europe and America.
Airbus targets long-distance flights with hubs (An airport used by an airline to route its passengers within its network) exploitation with their biggest aircraft being the double-decker A380 that has a capacity of 555 passengers. The aircraft manufacturer spent 12 billion US dollars in the manufacturing of the aircraft A380.
Since 2007 the global market for large civil aircraft has been a duopoly shared by Airbus and its competitor Boeing (Anderson, 2009). Airbus was named by the European multinational aerospace corporation as the world’s second-biggest aerospace and defence company in 2018.
During the year 2002 Airbus took the lead in the global market share. Their focus was mainly catering for the market needs and innovation, this gave them a competitive advantage and a positive outlook on their share price.
The aircraft manufacturing industry being duopolistic, Airbus’s biggest competitor is Boeing. Using PESTEL’s analyses conjunction with the SWOT analyses it studies was done to determine whether the European company can maintain its share price continuously to compete against Boeing.
Boeing and Airbus have had an extensive history in the airline business. They have been known as one of the longest-standing competitors in the aeroplane manufacturing industry.
In the year 2001, the number of orders for Airbus jets exceeded the number of orders for Boeing’s jets according to the aviation Graph from The Economist, Jan 20th 2005.
Listed in the Netherlands and trading shares in France, Germany and Spain, Airbus designs, manufactures and sells civil and military aerospace products worldwide and manufactures in the European Union and several other countries. The company has three main operational divisions namely Commercial Aircraft, Defence and Space, and Helicopters. The helicopter division is the largest in terms of revenue and production quantities delivered per annum.
Airbus main commercial manufacturing plant is based in Blagnac, France. The production of the aircraft starts at design phase within the organisation and final assembly production takes place in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Alabama, United States.
The firm manufactured its first commercial airline called the Airbus A320. They were the first company to design and assemble the world’s largest passenger airliner, the A380.
From the 11 April 2019, the board of directors have appointed a new CEO by the name Guillaume Faury. The changes are effective immediately. The newly appointed CEO has been the head Engineer for the organisation for over a decade. He has a team of appointed executives like Dominik Asam, who was appointed as a Chief Financial Officer for Airbus.
The organisation (Airbus) is owned by EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company), a European aerospace corporation. Airbus began as an association of aircraft makers called Airbus Industry. During the year 2001, the organisation company structure changed and became a joint-stock company. It is now owned by EADS (80%) and BAE (British Aerospace Systems) (20%).
13 October 2006 the joint venture consortium BAE sold all its shares to EADS, Airbus is currently fully owned by EADS.
Airbus has an estimated 55,000 employees spread through sixteen places in four European Union countries namely France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Spain. The final part of Airbus aircraft making is done in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; Seville, Spain; and, since 2009, Tianjin, China.
With the organisational vision being to assist build more liveable cities for urban communities worldwide, the organisation is innovation-driven.
The latest technology is incorporated in the design of the aircraft to ensure comfort and connected travelling experience. The innovative design used on their passenger aircraft has highly competitive advantages.
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Macro-environmental issues facing the Airbus using Porter’s Five Forces the threat of new entrants into this market is considerably low the sustainability of Airbus’ has now come into question as three new competitors have announced their plans to penetrate the large civil aircraft market posing direct rivalry.
The political factors that may influence the profitability or chances of survival of the company are quite various. The political risks vary from abrupt changes in existing political rules to civil unrest to major decisions taken by the government.
The following factors may influence the Airbus:
Economic factors are all those that pertain to the economy of the country that Airbus, such as changes in the inflation rate, the foreign exchange rate, the interest rate, the gross domestic product, and the current stage of the economic cycle. These factors, and their resulting impact on aggregate demand, aggregate investment and the business climate, in general, have the potential to make a company highly profitable, or extremely likely to incur a loss. The economic factors in the PESTEL analysis are macroeconomic.
The economic factors that Airbus may be sensitive to, and in turn should consider before investing may include the following:
The social factors that impact Airbus are a direct reflection of the society and how the behaviour of the society is controlled that which Airbus operates in. The impact of social factors is not only vital for the operational aspect of Airbus, but also on the marketing aspect of the organization
The social factors that affect Airbus PESTEL analysis include the following:
Technology can swiftly dismantle the price structure and competitive landscape of an industry in a very rapid amount of time. It is vital to constantly and consistently innovate, not only for the sake of maximizing possible profits and becoming a market leader but also to prevent obsolescence in future
The technological factors that may influence Airbus may include the following: