Airbus boosts production capacity in Morocco, banking on local industry to reach 75 aircraft per month by 2026

Nouaceur, Morocco – June 6, 2024: Airbus is turning to its Moroccan facilities to significantly boost its production capabilities, aiming to manufacture 75 aircraft per month by 2026, said Patrick Derderian, the Group’s Director of International Cooperation and in charge of Africa, during a press visit organized by the Group to the Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites plant in Nouaceur.

“Morocco is the industrial country that we have invested heavily in for the past 70 years, and even more so in the past 30 years,” Derderian stressed. In this context, he highlighted the quality and development of local skills, as evidenced by the 100% Moroccan workforce in Airbus Atlantic Maroc plants.

Mr. Derderian also reiterated Airbus’ strong commitment to Morocco, a strategic country for the development of its activities in Africa. This cooperation, based on mutual trust and the exchange of expertise, aims to propel the Moroccan aeronautical industry to new heights, he added.

For his part, Housni Faek, General Manager of Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites, indicated that the plant, which is a key player in the manufacture of composite parts for Airbus’ A320 family of aircraft, employs nearly 1,000 people and plans to recruit 200 more in 2024.

With an entirely Moroccan team, Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites produces a wide range of composite parts, from cockpit “lining” to luggage racks, trim parts, landing gear doors and seat shells, Faek explained, noting that these products are then shipped to France for assembly and then distribution to international airlines.

He also said that Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites actively contributes to the dynamism and excellence of the Moroccan aeronautical industry through its expertise, its capacity for innovation and its commitment to its customers. Built on an area of 30,000 square meters, of which 17,000 square meters are production workshops, Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites specializes in the manufacture of composite parts for the A320 family of aircraft.

The plant notably produces the A320 cockpit as a single supplier for the entire range, which is a testament to the company’s operational excellence and customer confidence.

The achievements entrusted to Moroccan companies are of strategic importance for Airbus. Indeed, Morocco has succeeded in developing centers of excellence, particularly in electronics, surface treatment, boilermaking and assembly.

Morocco thus remains a major partner of Airbus in Africa, through Airbus Atlantic Maroc Composites, a subsidiary that accompanies the rapid development of Airbus’ order book of 7,762 aircraft every day.


  • Airbus has been present in Morocco since 1951 through Airbus Atlantic (formerly STELIA Aerospace Maroc), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus specializing in composite manufacturing, the assembly of complex metal sub-assemblies, and the maintenance and support of avionics equipment.
  • In 2014, the subsidiary decided to expand its activities in Morocco with the creation of a new 15,000 m2 plant in the Midparc zone, to complement the existing infrastructure and develop skills.
  • With its two plants, Airbus Atlantic Maroc now has 1,000 employees.

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