With an aviation history of over 100 years, Hamburg combines skills that span all facets of aircraft construction, aircraft maintenance and airport operations. Four business segments are especially important here: aircraft and aircraft systems, cabins and cabin systems, air transport systems, as well as aviation services. Milestones in Hamburg’s history as a leading innovative aviation location include the construction of the A380, the largest passenger aircraft in the world, as well as the successful A320 programme and the A350, the new long-haul aircraft. With around 40,000 highly skilled workers employed in the sector, the entire Hamburg Metropolitan Region benefits from aircraft manufacturing. The Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training, which was launched in 2011, maintains a cooperation programme that is unparalleled in Germany. The programme is based on a collaboration between businesses, a trade school and a university of applied sciences.
Hamburg Aviation is one of the leading-edge clusters as defined by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The cluster is based on a strategy of developing the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as an international competence centre for a “new kind of aviation”. Totalling a volume of more than 80 million euro, a number of projects and activities in the areas of research and technology as well as training and cluster management are part of the cluster strategy. The research activities of the aviation cluster are being coordinated at the Centre for Applied Aviation Research (ZAL).