Hamburg Aviation


13.11.17 Company Mission to Seattle in occasion of PNAA's 17th Annual Aerospace Conference

Join Niedersachsen Aviation for a European company mission to the world's largest aerospac

13.11.17 First Brazilian Aerospace Business Summit in São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil

The Brazilian Aerospace Cluster and the EACP (European Aerospace Cluster Partnership) will


Hamburg Aviation
Dr. Franz Josef Kirschfink
Habichtstraße 41
22305 Hamburg

Ph   +49 (0)40 227 019 53
Mob +49 151 517 546 10
Fax  +49 (0)40 227 019 784

Hanse-Aerospace (Association of SMEs)
Uwe Gröning
Holzmuehlenstraße 84
D-22041 Hamburg

Ph   +49 40 600 885 730
Fax  +49 40 600 885 750

HECAS (Association of engineering)
Ralf Gust
Ph   +49 40 743 822 58
Fax  +49 40 743 725 78




Hamburg Aviation

Cluster Description

Facts & Figures

Number of companies 3 large companies: Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport; more than 300 SMEs
Number of employees approx. 40,000
Number of research institutes 5 universities and 3 research centres focused on aviation
Other cluster members 15 founding members: Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the small business associations Hanse-Aerospace and HECAS, Hamburg's tertiary institutions (HAW, HSU, TUHH, University of Hamburg), the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT), the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL), the Ministry for Economy, Transport and Innovation, the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI)

Cluster Management

Organizational form Association, Public Private Partnership
Financing Budgetary funds of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg (FHH); financial and other support from the cluster members

Main Actors

Main industry actors
  • “Anchor” companies: Airbus, Lufthansa Technik, Hamburg Airport. Many of the suppliers and service providers are represented by the Hanse-Aerospace and HECAS associations.
  • Main research institutes
  • Universities: University of Hamburg, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg, Helmut-Schmidt-University, University of Applied Sciences HAW Hamburg, and University of Applied Sciences FH Wedel
  • Research Institutes: Centre of Technology Finkenwerder THF, Center of Applied Aeronautical Research ZAL, as well as two institutes of the German Aerospace Centre DLR, and last but not least Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training HCAT
  • Cluster Competences and Strategy

    Strengths & Competences

    The aviation industry in Hamburg is part of a progressive, highly flexible, internationally cross-linked economic environment. Through its extensive network, the aviation cluster represents the complete value creation chain of the industry as well as the whole lifecycle of an aircraft. Hamburg aviation commands comprehensive aeronautical competences, including:

    • technological preparation, development and construction of entire aircrafts (Final-Assembly-Line-Competence [FAL], with special regard to the construction of Airbus aircrafts A318, A319 and A321 (Single-Aisle) at Hamburg-Finkenwerder)
    • specific competence in the areas of fuselage assembly, cabin systems and cabin interior equipment (sole responsibility for the development and construction of the A380 cabin)
    • individual concepts for maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircrafts
    • application of new materials and compounds
    • innovative integrated solutions for air transportation

    Furthermore, interfaces to other cluster organisations allow for a mutual transfer of knowledge and technological competences.

    Hamburg aviation aims to become the centre of competence for “New kind of Aviation” and has received the Federal Government accolade of Leading-Edge Cluster.

    Science & Research

    As a Leading-Edge Cluster in Germany, the aviation companies, scientific organisations and research institutes in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region are jointly training their gaze on the future: their goal is to make flying more economical, more ecological, more comfortable, more reliable and more flexible. Numerous research projects revolving around product and process innovation will drive the expansion of the cluster’s competencies in aircraft and aircraft systems, cabins and cabin systems, aviation services and air transport systems. Research is being carried out, for example, on the use of fuel cells as a source of energy for aircraft and on improvements in the noise levels and air quality inside the aircraft cabin; airport processes are being optimised.

    A pivotal component in this strategy is the Center for Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) founded in mid-2009. It offers testing facilities in which players from industry and the world of research will network their capabilities, initiate joint research projects and turn new technologies into innovative products. The emphasis is on cabin concepts and technologies, air conditioning systems, fuselage and system integration, and hydrogen/fuel cell applications. Small and medium-sized businesses will also receive advice, and support will be given to the establishment of cooperative partnerships.

    Another innovative infrastructure project is the newly founded Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT), an inter-campus cooperative project in which the industry, universities and trade schools network to secure needs-based training of specialist personnel. Emphasis is placed on academic education in the cabin and cabin systems field along with training and continuing education in the fields of avionics/electronics and structure.

    International Collaboration

    Hamburg Aviation has initiated projects to improve and extend the international cooperation of aeronautical centres of competence worldwide.

    • Cooperation contract with the French aviation cluster “Aerospace Valley Midi-Pyrénées/Aquitaine”
    • Cooperation contracts with other European countries and clusters (Campaniaerospace, Pôle Pégase), as well as a sucessful partnership with the Canadian aerospace cluster Aéro Montréal
    • European partnership of national aviation associations (Netherlands, Great Britain, European project ECARE)
    • Commitment to the EU project CLUNET and, in this frame, the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP)

    Main Challenges

    The ever increasing market demand of a growing air traffic calls for innovative ideas to save important resources and to cut down fuel consumption, while at the same time improving comfort, flexibility and reliability. Traditional concepts for modern air transport do not comply with these demands. In the future, comprehensive concepts including new products and process innovations for both aircrafts and air transport will be necessary.