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. It boasts leading international companies and the world's second best-connected airport. 

Amsterdam, your neutral and central gateway

Amsterdam's aerospace industry is home to leading international companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Embraer, Bell and CAE, who have all set up operations in the proximity of 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 and the Middle East.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol offers an ideal environment for OEMs like Boeing and Embraer, their supplier network and service providers, such as AAR, Moog, and DART Aerospace. Schiphol is connected to many OEMs’ hometowns – for example Seattle, Montreal, São Paulo, Tokyo and Toulouse – by daily direct, non-stop flights. 

“Amsterdam is strategic to our growth, as it is a city that offers mobility and easy connectivity to the region's countries." – Jorge Ramos, EMEA President for Embraer

Ideal logistics hub

Europe’s third 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 Kuehne + Nagel, Expeditors, FedEx, Gefco and Bolloré. 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.

Next to this, the Amsterdam Area has a high tech, innovative and supportive business ecosystem which enables startups such as Aiir Innovations to grow into flourishing business partners, providing synergy for aerospace development.


A wide range of Dutch educational institutions, e.g. VU Amsterdam, TU Delft, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and ROC Amsterdam, have built a strong basis for a 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 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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