Toulouse and London, 9th May 2018 – As Airbus readies itself to celebrate half a century of innovation and pre-eminence in the aerospace industry next year, it is partnering with London-based Urbane Publications to bring out a book in May 2019 commemorating the compelling history of Europe’s leading aerospace company. The renowned and award-winning aerospace writer, Nicola Clark, is on board to author the book, providing an independent account of the company over the past half century.

“50 years of Airbus is an appropriate milestone for reflection, gratitude and a celebration of the people, products and strategies of an ever-increasing integrated aerospace industry in Europe,” said Rainer Ohler, Head of Communications of Airbus. “This alone makes for a fascinating story. In 2019 though, there is another milestone: 20 years since the founding of EADS, when several national aerospace industries, steeped in tradition, decided to join forces to create one European aerospace company. Given these two key dates in the history of our company, we wanted to bring together contemporary witnesses and key players to document the creation of a ‘Europe that works’ and operates successfully globally. This task has not been an easy one, so we are all the more grateful to Nicola Clark for accepting this editorial challenge.”

Urbane Publications, one of the UK’s fastest growing independent publishers, will bring out the book titledAirbus – 50 Years as part of its recently launched business imprint. “We are very pleased to be working with Airbus and Nicola on this book,” said Matthew Smith, Publishing Director of Urbane Publications. “It will be one of our business imprint’s flagship books for 2019 with its incisive and compelling examination of the people and events that made Airbus the successful innovator it is today. No doubt it will become compulsive reading for many of today’s business leaders and commentators.”

Nicola Clark has covered the development of Airbus as a Paris-based correspondent for the New York Times and International Herald Tribune for years. An industry expert and an internationally renowned award-winning writer, she will provide unique and exclusive insights into the personalities and events that have taken Airbus to huge success and defined the company as it stands today. “The more I dig into the Airbus story, the more interesting it gets,” said Nicola Clark. “Many of the same winds that propelled the creation of the European Union – and that occasionally threaten its cohesion – have lifted and buffeted the Airbus project along the way. Equally, the struggles that accompany Airbus’s emergence as a commercial rival to Boeing mirror the complexity of relations between Europe and the United States.”

Airbus – 50 Years will be a comprehensive, innovative and original examination of the first 50 years of Airbus. Going back to the roots of the Airbus story, it will shine new light on Airbus as an international trailblazer in the aerospace industry, examining how it became the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader. Nicola Clark has the full editorial freedom and independence, safeguarding the journalistic credibility of what will become a landmark publication and a future reference for all those interested in Airbus and the integration of Europe’s aerospace industry.

About the Author

Nicola Clark worked for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune for 15 years, writing about aviation, business and European affairs. Her extensive coverage of Airbus and air transportation has earned several awards, including Aerospace Journalist of the Year in 2007, from the World Leadership Forum. A native of Portland, Oregon, she worked previously for The Wall Street Journal in New York and for news agencies in Tokyo, London and Hong Kong before settling in Paris, where she now lives with her two sons.


A commercial aircraft manufacturer, with Space and Defence as well Helicopters Divisions, Airbus is the largest aeronautics and space company in Europe and a worldwide leader. Airbus has built on its strong European heritage to become truly international – with roughly 180 locations and 12,000 direct suppliers globally. The company has aircraft and helicopter final assembly lines across Asia, Europe and the Americas, and has achieved a more than six-fold order book increase since 2000.

About Urbane Publications

Urbane Publications is one of UK’s fastest growing independent publishers, committed to the discovery and publication of the books and authors we all want to read. Founded in 2014, it has published over 150 books. Building on its success with works of fiction and the experience of its team in the world of business books, it has just launched its new business imprint, Urbane Business.

Airbus – 50 Years

Author – Nicola Clark
Publisher – Urbane Publications Limited Publication – May 16th 2019
Format – Hardback, £19.99
ISBN 978-1-912666-14-0

For further information please contact:

Martin Agüera
Head of Media Relations Defence and Space

Matthew Smith
Publishing Director
Urbane Publications