State-owned corporation
Industry Aerospace and defence
Fate Merged into EADS
Predecessor Sud Aviation
Nord Aviation
Successor EADS
Founded 1970
Defunct July 10, 2000
Headquarters Paris, France
Products See list
Website web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.aerospatiale.fr/

Aérospatiale[1] (French pronunciation: [aeʁɔspasjal]), sometimes styled Aerospatiale, was a French state-owned aerospace manufacturer that built both civilian and military aircraft, rockets and satellites. It was originally known as Société nationale industrielle aérospatiale (SNIAS). Its head office was in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.[2][3] The name was changed to Aerospatiale in 1970.[4]

The former assets of Aérospatiale are now part of Airbus Group, except the satellite manufacturing, which merged with Alcatel and became Alcatel Space, in 1999, now Thales Alenia Space.


Former head office, Boulevard de Montmorency, 37

The company (as SNIAS) was created in 1970 by the merger of the state-owned companies Sud Aviation, Nord Aviation and Société d'études et de réalisation d'engins balistiques (SEREB). Starting in 1971 it was directed by Henri Ziegler. Its North American Marketing arm French Aerospace Corporation was renamed to European Aerospace Corporation in 1971.[5]

In 1991 the company helped construct the revolutionary chassis of the Bugatti EB110 Supercar. The chassis was built completely of carbon fibre, and was very lightweight.

In 1992, DaimlerBenz Aerospace AG (DASA) and Aérospatiale combined their helicopter divisions to form the Eurocopter Group.

In 1999, Aérospatiale, except for the satellites activities, merged with Matra Haute Technologie to form Aérospatiale-Matra. In 2001, Aérospatiale-Matra's missile group was merged with Matra BAe Dynamics and the missile division of Alenia Marconi Systems to form MBDA. Lionel Jospin's Plural Left government initiated the privatization of Aérospatiale.

On July 10, 2000, Aérospatiale-Matra merged with Construcciones Aeronáuticas SA (CASA) of Spain and DaimlerChrysler Aerospace AG (DASA) of Germany to form the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS).


The Aérospatiale Corvette first flew in 1970 and went into service in 1974. 40 were built.

Fixed-wing aircraft


Unmanned aerial vehicles


Space-related products

List of CEOs


  1. Gunston, p. 13
  2. Who owns whom: Continental Europe, Volume 1. Dun & Bradstreet., 1990. 555. Retrieved from Google Books on 31 August 2011. "SA NATIONALE INDUSTRIELLE AÉROSPATIALE 372 1 . 3724 SA, 37 Boulevard de Montmorency, F-75016 Paris"
  3. "Offices and facilities" (Archive). Aerospatiale. Retrieved on 31 August 2011. "HEADQUARTERS PARIS Aerospatiale 37, boulevard de Montmorency - 75781 Paris cedex 16 "
  4. Henri Lluch, L'établissement de Marignane : de la SNCASE à l'Aerospatiale, Éditeur : Aerospatiale, établissement de Marignane, 1991, 185 pages.
  5. "none". Air Progress: 16. September 1971.

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