Hamburg Aviation e.V.

Germany: Hamburg
Ulf Weber


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About us

Together with our members, Hamburg Aviation pursues common goals:

  • Build aircraft
  • Build cabins
  • Optimise air transport systems
  • Provide aviation services
  • Specialize in aviation IT & communications
  • Establish regular Urban Air Mobility

The outstanding strength of the cluster results from the concentration of companies, universities and research institutions, from the proximity and close networking of Airbus, Lufthansa Technik and the airport, and from the resultant competencies in specific areas such as, for example, cabins and the air transport system, along the entire value chain Hamburg Aviation facilitates the city's role as a frontrunner refion for Urban Air Mobility. Other cluster strengths worthy to mention are the sustainable programmes for attracting the next generation of staff and developing specialist personnel, HCAT as a unique infrastructure for correlating teaching, practice, and research, ZAL as a new focal point for technological competence and application-oriented research, and the strong cohesion and solidarity of the community. All together, these factors lead to an outstanding market presence and high visibility.

Representing the third largest aviation hub in the world, Hamburg Aviation offers

  • platforms for the networking of our members: aviation forums, workshops and symposia
  • collaborations with international clusters and missions to international markets
  • sustainable programs for attracting the next generation of specialist personnel
  • support for the correlation of teaching, practice and research in aviation engineering
  • high-reach marketing and PR measures
  • specialised coaching and consulting for start-ups
    Formalised strategy
    Strategy focus on internationalisation

    Cluster composition

    • 180
      Cluster Members
    • 100
    • 30
      Large Companies
    • 10
      Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
    • 30
      Other Ecosystem Actors


    The players in Hamburg Aviation form a powerful alliance of business, science and politics. Together, they launch initiatives and projects, for example in the research field and in securing a long-term supply of specialist personnel. Together the players in Hamburg Aviation pursue a common goal: to network research and development, thereby bringing to market high-quality products and services for the aviation of the future – products that are good for passengers and set the standards in terms of resource protection.

    In a joint action, Hamburg's aviation stakeholders updated the region's strategy, “A New Kind of Aviation” in 2014. Our strategy is designed to make flying in the future more economical, more ecological, more comfortable, more flexible more reliable, and more connected. To achieve this, the players in Hamburg Aviation concentrate on four product areas:

    • the development and construction of aircraft and aircraft systems
    • the development and construction of cabins and cabin systems
    • the optimisation of aviation services
    • the improving the efficiency of the air transportation system
    • as well as aviation-related IT and communication systems.

    The strategy is convincing: in September 2008 the aviation cluster succeeded in the non-industry specific Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), winning the title of Leading-Edge Cluster as one of only 15 clusters nationwide. Numerous research and development projects, representing more than 80 million euros worth of investment, were being jointly financed, half-half, by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the companies within the cluster. In 2014, the European Commission's ECEI initiative awarded Hamburg Aviation with the Gold Label for Cluster Management Excellence, crowning Hamburg Aviation as one of the 40 best-managed clusters in Europe.

    Today’s cluster, Hamburg Aviation, was born in 2001 as the Hamburg Aviation Initiative. Many things have been achieved since then:

    • In 2002, for the first time, Hamburg hosted the Aircraft Interiors Expo, the world’s largest trade fair for aircraft interior design.
    • In 2007, the famous Crystal Cabin Award for outstanding design was presented as part of the Aircraft Interiors Expo.
    • In 2008, Hamburg Aviation won the Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, benefiting from wide-ranging research support.
    • In 2009, the Center of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) and the Hamburg Centre of Aviation Training (HCAT) were founded, two institutions that secure Hamburg’s number one position in research and teaching.
    • In 2014, Hamburg Aviation receives the GOLD Label for Cluster Management Excellence by the European Commission, thereby ranking as one of the Top 40 clusters in Europe.
    • In 2015, Hamburg Aviation won the competition for cluster internationalization and received a funding of 4 million Euros in order to develop an internationalization strategy and set up three international R&D&I projects.
    • Since 2019 Hamburg Aviation coordinates Windrove - the network for the drone economy and Urban Air Mobility in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region.

    Management team

    Ulf Weber
    Cluster Manager
    Anna Maaßen
    ECCP Responsible Person
    Christian Scherhag
    Internationalisation Responsible
    Francine Schulz
    ECCP Responsible Person

    Sectorial and industrial focus

    Sectoral Industries
    Technology fields
    S3 EU priority areas
    Cross-sectoral industries
    Digital Industries


    Support services provided

    Other (please specify)

    Support programmes

    EU Programmes

    European Programmes

    Name & description

    - Leading-Edge Cluster competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

    - Internationalization Strategy competition für Leading-Edge Cluster  (BMBF)

    - EEAS (Energy Efficient Aviation Solution, BMBF)

    - Go-Cluster Project "Chemistry Meets Aviation"

    - SiLuFra (BMBF)

    Project name




    European Skills Hub for Aerospace

    EACP ABROAD = Implementation of the Internationalization Strategy for EACP

    RUE AERO = Enhance cluster excellence

    EACP-EuroSME = aerospace inter-cluster smart specialization actions for SMEs competitiveness in the circuluar economy approach

    Cooperation activities

    International cooperation

    Targeted countries

    United States

    Transnational cooperation

    Targeted countries


    Transnational support activites

    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

    International support activites

    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs

    Further information

    For Europe’s aviation industry, it is becoming increasingly important to tap its full innovation potential to stand its ground in global competition. To strengthen the industry’s position in a joint effort, Hamburg Aviation has initiated and the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership (EACP) and coordinates it.

    Highly regarded delegates from 24 European aerospace organisations in eleven countries attended the official founding of the consortium and the signing of the Letter of Intent in Hamburg in May 2009. EACP has since grown to include 34 members from 13 countries. Partners include the innovative aviation clusters “Aerospace Valley” and “Pôle Pégase” from France and Italy’s “Campaniaerospace”, clusters with which Hamburg already has bilateral cooperation agreements. The founding of the European Aerospace Cluster Partnership was co-financed by the European Commission within the framework of the EU’s CLUNET project.

    The EACP acts as a platform for mutual exchange, a launch pad for trans-national projects, and a window on the industry. At the same time, it is envisioned that EACP will become a key contact point for the European Commission in all aviation matters.

    International competition in the aviation industry is increasing. International cooperation is the only way in which European locations can fully exploit their innovation potential and reinforce their outstanding position in the civil aviation industry. Right now, Hamburg Aviation ist defining the target regions for future collaboration projects. First projects such as ABROAD (aiming at finding connection points with aerospace regions outside of Europe) or the cooperative relationship with the Canadian aviation cluster, Aéro Montréal, are already its stage of implementation.

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    Latest news and documents

    News Document Published: 11.07.2018
    Hamburg Aviation Profile
    News Document Published: 06.07.2018
    Hamburg Aviation at a Glance