Aviation Industry

Dresden has developed a small, yet innovative and internationally recognized aviation industry.

The companies' core competencies lie in:
  • converting, servicing and repairing aircraft
  • developing, manufacturing and testing aerospace components

As the global air cargo volume rises, freighter conversion is a particularly promising market. More than 3,000 cargo aircraft are required to meet demand. Three quarters of the demand for cargo aircraft can be met by converted passenger planes.


With direct access to Dresden-Klotzsche airport and a direct connection to interstates and the rail network, infrastructural conditions are ideal for the industry.

Dresden's aviation industry is heavily research-driven. At Dresden University of Technology the Center for Aeronautics and Astronautics unites aerospace-related skills from various branches of study.

The Saxon/Thuringian Aerospace Technology Competence Center (LRT e.V.) provides a network of businesses and research facilities to support the industry in a targeted manner.

Important Companies

  • Elbe Flugzeugwerke GmbH: converts passenger aircraft to cargo aircraft (market leader), develops and manufactures flat lightweight components, services and repairs aircraft from the entire Airbus family
  • IABG Industrieanlagen-Betriebsgesellschaft mbH: analysis and test facility for the aviation industry and the ministry of defense, including structural fatigue tests on the A380

Stowage Space, Not Seats

Once all the newly redundant components are removed the new freighter kits are mounted.

47,500 Flights Without Ever Taking Off

In Dresden, IABG engineers tested the giant A380 in cooperation with IMA GmbH. The entire aircraft structure was fitted into a test rig and its service life performance assessed using hydraulic and pneumatic load testing devices.

Pioneers of German Aviation History

Germany's first commercial jet aircraft was developed in Dresden. Though the four-engined '152' never went into mass production it is proof of the Dresden aircraft builders' high level of expertise.

Excellence is the city‘s motto

Dresden’s success is based on key technologies including microelectronics, information-and-communications, new materials, photovoltaic and nanotechnology, and, life sciences and biotechnology. The interdisciplinary collaboration between businesses and research facilities helps move Dresden forward.