Cluster description

Description of your aviation region
Germany’s capital region: competence center for aviation, aerospace and drones
Year of creation
German federal states Berlin and Brandenburg
Number of companies
100 medium-sized enterprises, 3 core companies
Number of research institutes
10 universities and 15 research and development institutions
Numbers of public authorities
4 public authorities (e.g. Regional Development Agencies)
Other cluster members
Institutions of development and science, Aerospace Cluster from Germany and Europe
Number of employees of all aerospace actors
7,500 skilled and specialized workers excluding employees at the regional airports. Altogether, the industry offers approximately 17.000 jobs
Organizational form
Registered commercial association
BBAA is financed by member fees
Main industry actors

At the present time the BBAA represents about 100 enterprises, with the leading companies being Rolls-Royce Germany, Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services and Lufthansa Technik. Rolls-Royce Germany is located in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg in Dahlewitz. The development and assembly center was inaugurated in 1993. Alongside production of the BR710, the facility assembles a range of business jet engines including the BR725 and Tay 611-8C, as well as the V2500 for the Airbus A320 aircraft family. The Dahlewitz site is also home to testing facilities for Rolls-Royce’s new power gearbox. n 2017 the Dahlewitz site will also start assembling the Trent XWB, the world's most efficient large civil aero engine, complementing our main XWB assembly facility in Derby, UK. Nowadays the site employs over 2300 people.

Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services was founded in 1997 as a joint Venture of Lufthansa Technik AG and the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. The company headquarters is utilizes a surface of 8000 m² at the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport and represents the first Bombardier service center outside North America. LBAS offers services in maintenance and overhaul to inspection of the hull, engines and wheels or repair and modification services.

Luftansa Technik is located in Tegel and Schönefeld and constitutes the transition center for the Eastern maintenance region. While the station in Tegel specializes in Line Maintenance, more than 100 C-checks are being performed in Schönefeld. In addition to its two existing sites, Lufthansa Technik also has a presence at the future Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER), with a new, state-of-the-art maintenance hangar.

Main research institutes

The leading research and development facilities Fraunhofer IAP and Fraunhofer IPK are the main R&D actors in the region. Fraunhofer is the largest research organization for applied research in Europe and was founded in 1949. Their research areas are: health, safety, communication, mobility, energy and environment.

The Research Division Polymeric Materials and Composites PYCO is a collaboration between Fraunhofer and the Chair of Polymer Materials of Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus (BTU) where chemists, physicists, engineers and technicians of Fraunhofer sites in Teltow and Wildau as well as t BTU are developing highly crosslinked polymers (thermosets) for all applications with particular reference to aviation, IT-technology and instrumentation.

Frauenhofer IPK (Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology) in Berlin stands for over 35 years of excellence in production science. They conduct applied research and development across product development, production processes, maintenance of investment goods, and product recycling to the design and management of manufacturing companies, so the whole process spectrum of manufacturing industry. IPK is structured in seven divisions: Corporate Management, Virtual Product Creation, Production Systems, Joining and Coating Technology, Automation Technology, Quality Management, and Medical Technology. Close collaboration between divisions permits them to tackle even extremely complex issues.

BBAA also works closely with Technical Universities of Berlin and Cottbus-Senftenberg and the University for applied sciences in Wildau and Brandenburg.

Cluster Competence and Strategy

Key topics of aerospace in Berlin and Brandenburg:

  • engines / testing / simulation,
  • general aviation / business
  • aviation, UAV / RPAS and
  • small satellites / aerospace

It has been the aim and task of BBAA to actively network stakeholders from business, science and politics and support the further development of the aviation and aerospace sector in Berlin and Brandenburg by selective measures. The focus is on expanding and maintaining the network of regional players, promoting sites, as well as initiating and supporting strategic partnerships and innovation projects.

BBAA uses its network of contacts to increase the visibility of the region’s stakeholders beyond the limits of Berlin and Brandenburg, and improve their international competitiveness.

The association therefore organises expert forums and conferences, and is in regular contact with political decision-makers at national, regional, and municipal levels. In addition, BBAA organises various events, such as the annual Aviation and Aerospace Day and the granting of the Lilienthal Award, thereby creating effective platforms for dialog between business people, scientists, and politicians. BBAA also offers its members and partners the opportunity to present innovative developments, products and services at major trade fairs and industry exhibitions, such as ILA.


  • Promoting Berlin and Brandenburg as an aviation and aerospace location
  • Initiating R&D projects to improve the competitiveness of its member companies
  • Helping to exploit new sales markets
  • Targeted promotion of key topics: engines/testing/simulation, general aviation/business aviation, UAV/RPAS and small satellites/aerospace
  • The BBAA is member of the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) and maintains excellent relationships with clusters all over Germany and other European and International Clusters; especially with the Clusters Rhône-Alpes and ACStyria we are working closely together.

Contact Information Cluster Management

Director / President
Prof. Dr. Andreas Timmermann


Wexstraße 7, 20355 Hamburg, Germany