Aerospace industry in Amsterdam

The Amsterdam Area is home to a world-class aerospace industry that has been honing strong traditions for over a decade. Leading international companies such as Bombardier, GE Aviation, Mitsubishi and CAE have set up operations at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. They use their base here for their MRO, spare parts logistics, training facilities and office functions (i.e. marketing and sales, holding and leasing companies) in Europe.

Amsterdam, your neutral and central gateway

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers an ideal environment for OEMs like Bombardier and Fokker Services, their suppliers and sub-suppliers. Schiphol is connected to many OEMs’ hometowns – for example Seattle, Montreal, São Paulo, Tokyo and Toulouse – by daily direct, non-stop flights. 

“An important consideration for us was that the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area boasts one of the most modern airports in the world.” – Akinori Kojima, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation

Ideal logistics hub

Europe’s fourth largest airport by passengers flown and third largest by cargo volume, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the second best-connected airport on earth. Amsterdam is your perfect logistics hub, home to numerous specialised third-party logistics providers with a dedicated aerospace vertical: examples are Aviall, DB Schenker, IJS Global and Wencor. Strategically located within the EU, Amsterdam’s dense, high-quality infrastructure offers fast connections to all important markets, regardless which means of transportation you prefer.

“Schiphol’s geographic location means we have easy connections both within and beyond Europe.” – Jan de Kreuk, Head of Airfreight, Hanjin Logistics Europe


A wide range of specialised educational institutions, e.g. VTOC Fokker, has built a strong basis for our dedicated and flexible aerospace labour force. An extra advantage of Dutch skilled aerospace maintenance staff is that they’re multilingual. Due to this and other factors, many aerospace companies such as CAE and FlightSafety International have set up their training facilities here.

The National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) is the independent knowledge enterprise in the Netherlands on aerospace. The overall mission is making air transport and space exploration safer, more sustainable and more efficient. NLR’s multidisciplinary approach focuses on developing new and cost effective technologies for aviation and space, from design support to production technology and MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul). Source: NLR

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