A number of European aerospace manufacturers changed their names on 2 January 2014. These companies, all part of EADS, now have easier names to remember, but it does mean some aircraft types will have new names
Here is a summary of the changes:
- The parent company, EADS, is now Airbus Group
- Airbus Military, Astrium and Cassidian are now Airbus Defence and Space
- Eurocopter, the helicopter manufacturer, is now Airbus Helicopters
- Airbus, the airliner manufacturer, remains as Airbus
This does mean that some current production aircraft, such as the Eurocopter EC135, will become the Airbus EC135, etc.
The company has indicated that existing company documents, such as technical publications, press releases, financial statements and so on will not be re-branded. New documents will bear the Airbus name.