Aviation Tradition and Innovation from a Single Source

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW) combines several areas of expertise under one roof in Dresden: the development and manufacture of flat lightweight components, the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft, maintenance and repair services as well as engineering services.

In the halls of EFW - Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (Source: EFW)

1955 was the starting year for aircraft construction in the Saxon state capital: the Flugzeugwerke were founded. Internationally recognized experts from major companies in the German aviation industry such as Junkers, Heinkel, Siebel and Arado were brought together in Dresden in the mid-1950s to form a powerful team. It was here that the first German jet airliner was developed and built in 1958 - a milestone in the history of the German aviation industry. The foundation stone of EFW - Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH in its current form was laid back in 1989 in an agreement between VEB Flugzeugwerft Dresden and Deutsche Airbus GmbH. From 2000, EADS (now AIRBUS) was the sole owner of EFW. ST Aerospace from Singapore has been a co-partner of EFW since March 2013.

EFW combines a wide range of aviation and technology activities under one roof: the development and manufacture of flat lightweight structural and interior components for all Airbus models, the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft, maintenance and repair services for aircraft from the entire Airbus family as well as engineering services relating to certification and approval. Together with Airbus and ST Aerospace, EFW is driving the further development of the Airbus freighter family. The company has around 1,600 employees.

Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH (EFW), Dresden
Lightweight floor panels for an Airbus from Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) Dresden (Source: EFW)

Making Lightweight Components Fly

Did you know that? - Every time you board an Airbus, you step on EFW flooring. Elbe Flugzeugwerke (EFW) is the main supplier of fiber-reinforced floor panels and cargo compartment linings for the entire Airbus family and has more than 25 years of experience in the production of lightweight components - EFW produces over 30,000 components per month. Based on these fiber-reinforced components, EFW offers integrated lightweight solutions for the aerospace, streetcar and shipbuilding industries. From flat sandwich panels and laminates to cabin components such as partition walls and bullet-proof cockpit doors to ready-to-install cabin modules.

"Vintage" in the Sky

EFW is also the Airbus Group's competence center for the conversion of passenger aircraft into cargo aircraft and the market leader in this segment. To date, over 200 aircraft have been converted in Dresden for 41 customers. The current portfolio includes Airbus A330, A300-600 and A310 aircraft.

Maintenance Specialists

In the third business segment, EFW offers maintenance for passenger and cargo aircraft - specializing in Airbus aircraft, starting with the A320 family and including wide-body aircraft of the type A300/310 as well as long-haul aircraft of the A330/A340 family and the A380. In addition to comprehensive maintenance packages, EFW carries out structural modifications and repairs as well as cabin, cockpit and avionics modifications. EFW is also a specialist for military modifications to the Airbus A310 and is an approved repair facility for Airbus aircraft components.

Development & Certification

EFW's engineering department is a European certified design organization (EASA Part 21J) involved in the expansion of EFW's entire product range. At the same time, third parties can also benefit from EFW's extensive capabilities in the areas of aircraft certification, safety, application of European regulations, organizational approval and aircraft development processes and procedures.