The aviation industry is booming, thanks to more people than ever being able to take flights around the world. With more money being invested into the industry, and more research going into improving plane design, there’s never been a better time to get into the aviation industry.
One of the most famous companies in the world, Lockheed Martin have been at the forefront of military technology and cutting-edge aerospace design for decades. Lockheed create some of the world’s most advanced aircraft, UAVs, weapon systems, and missile defence systems.
Their net sales in 2017 came to almost $50 billion, and almost 70% of that came from the US Government, which is a pretty great client to have if you sell drones.
They employ roughly 100,000 people around the world, and look set to enjoy continued growth into the next decade.
Airbus is another massive aviation company, one of the best in the commercial sector. One of the biggest suppliers of commercial planes in the Europe, Airbus specialise in building planes for long-haul flights. They delivered 718 commercial planes in 2017, a record number for the company. Their total revenue for that year was $75.27 billion, an increase of 189% over the year before. So it’s clear that Airbus is an exciting company to work for, which is why they employ 130,000 people.
BAE Systems is a British aerospace and security company. Their revenue was driven by electronic warfare systems, laser guided missiles, and classified activity for the Government.
BAE Systems is involved in developing products and services for the military, such as aircraft, naval ships, aircraft carriers, submarines, combat vehicles, weapon systems, and security systems. They’re involved in multiple countries around the world, and is a prestigious company for anyone to work for.
Boeing is one of the biggest names in the aerospace and aviation sectors, having manufactured commercial airliners for decades. In 2017 they delivered over 700 aircraft around the world, so it’s no surprise they’re one of the giants of the industry. They even created Airforce One. However, they also create defence and communication systems that are used in organisations and militaries all over the world, so they’re a versatile company with many different divisions.
Recently they’ve become more involved with green initiatives such as Brazilian biofuel to lower their carbon footprint.
Boeing is also one of the leading companies working in the space exploration sector, which should see massive increases in interest, investment, and staff over the coming years. They employ 140,000 people worldwide, and is regularly featured on the Fortune 500 List.
Safran is a French aviation company with three distinct branches: propulsion, design, and defence. Their defence team works on navigations systems, UAV guidance, avionics, and biometric ID systems. They operate largely in the civilian and military aviation, and space sectors.