Construcciones Aeronauticas SA (CASA), a Spanish aircraft manufacturer founded in 1923, started out with an initial investment of 33% from the Spanish government, a figure which would increase to 99.2% by the year 1992. CASA was one of the original members of the Airbus Consortium that included France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
In 1999, the company became a subsidiary of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), thus forming EADS CASA. The company was later reorganized and renamed the Airbus Group, composed of the following business divisions: Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space, and Airbus Helicopters. The development and marketing of both civil and military aircraft as well as missiles, communications systems, space rockets, satellites, and helicopters was split up among their respective divisions.
The Airbus Group reports combined annual revenue of 59.3 billion euros, with 1.299 billion euros in total profit. The company currently employs more than 143,000 people around the world.
Airbus Military has been very successful in the European market. For example, the Airbus A400M Atlas, a four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft has been ordered by a total of eight countries as of 2011. The first aircraft were delivered to the French Air Force in 2013. The aircraft was designed as a tactical airlifter with strategic capabilities that currently competes with the Lockheed C-130 and the Boeing C-17.
More than 5,000 flight-test hours were conducted for this aircraft, with over 40,000 people involved in the project over a 10-year span. Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom all have a stake in the A400M program. More recently, the Royal Air Force A400M made its first maiden flight this year in September of 2014. Airbus Defence and Space is also currently producing the first A400M airlifter for the Royal Malaysian Air Force, scheduled to be delivered in 2015.
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