Airbus Group SE has inaugurated its new headquarters facilities, called "Wings Campus", adjacent to the airport in Toulouse-Blagnac, France.
Housing 1,500 employees, the new campus is located at the heart of Airbus' production and engineering activities and comprises the Group headquarters as well as integrated services buildings. The new facilities at the "Wings Campus" include a variety of modern features designed to enhance the working environment and work-life-balance such as collaborative office space, a 5,000 square metre canteen, a fitness centre, outdoor sports facilities, a Starbucks café and an outdoor WIFI connection The energy-efficient buildings are heated and cooled using geothermal energy.
"The Wings Campus, with all its new elements, stands for our commitment to innovation, internationalisation and sustainable growth," said Tom Enders, chief executive officer of Airbus Grouop, at the inauguration ceremony. "We strive to be a responsible, open-minded, innovative and future-oriented industry player - and want our employees to embrace this spirit. For that, we must also provide a state-of-the-art working environment. These new facilities are testament to this global commitment and I would like to express my sincere thanks to all who have contributed to this effort over the past two years. Most important for me personally: With our new Headquarters next to the airport runway, we are as close to our flying products as safely possible. That give me an extra thrill!"
In the presence of a number of guests such as the Préfat of the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées Region, Pascal Mailhos, the Mayor of Blagnac, Bernard Keller, and the Mayor of Toulouse, Jean-Luc Moudenc, Tom Enders unveiled street signs on the campus bearing the names of a number of famous pioneers.
The aviators being honoured with street signs are Jacqueline Auriol (1917-2000), Amy Johnson (1903-1941), Melitta Gräfin Stauffenberg (1903-1945) and José Ortiz-Echagüe (1886-1980). The Group also paid tribute to Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown (1919-2016), whose name adorns a restaurant on the campus. Several descendants of these aviation pioneers attended the inauguration event.