ILA Berlin News & Insights

Most recent information around #ILABerlin

Here you will find the latest developments and hot topics from the aviation, space, defence & support, and supplier industries – from sustainability and net-zero, to advanced air mobility, digitalisation, and security. Follow the latest news, meet key personalities and discover leading industry insights ahead of the next ILABerlin from June 5-9, 2024!

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Katharina Will, Director Public Affairs, OHB SE

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Dr. Stephanie Willmann, Country Director Germany, Rolls-Royce International Ltd.

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Lars Wagner, Chairman of the Board of Management, MTU Aero Engines AG

3 questions to Dirk Hoke, CEO Volocopter

3 questions to Dipl.-Ing. Ute von Hoerner, CEO „von Hoerner & Sulger GmbH“

3 questions to Celia Pelaz, Chief Strategy Officer, HENSOLDT AG

Short analysis 2022

In 2022, Europe’s leading aerospace trade fair successfully made its return.

ILA Berlin 2022 Highlight Video

ILA Berlin is all about #PioneeringAerospace. In 2022, Europe’s leading aerospace trade fair transformed Berlin into “the place to be”. Watch the highlights of the last edition and mark your calendars for the next #ILABerlin from June 5-9, 2024.

Closing Report

Sustainability, innovation and new technologies are the dominant themes – Successful conclusion to ILA Berlin

AAM: More than new aircraft

Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) covers more than the development of new aircraft. Taking part in a debate at ILA Berlin, experts examined what kind of infrastructure climate-neutral aircraft would require and how it could be integrated in cities.

The Bundeswehr and the space dimension

Since 13 July 2021 the Bundeswehr has had a space command. At ILA, Base Commander Major General Michael Traut talked about the responsibilities and challenges facing this most recently established Bundeswehr unit based in Uedem on the Lower Rhine.

A strong network for the supply industry

The Supply Chain Excellence (SCE) initiative offers advice and gives the aerospace supply industry a chance to network. At ILA Berlin it presented its main activities.

Meet the astronauts – at ILA Berlin!

On the afternoon of 24 June, the combined experience of four astronauts came together on the Space Stage in Hall 6 at ILA Berlin. Only a few weeks ago ESA astronaut Matthias Maurer returned from the Cosmic Kiss mission, and he reported on his fresh impressions on board the Crew Dragon spaceship and the International Space Station ISS. Reinhold Ewald and Thomas Reiter, who a few years ago also spent time in space, shared their experiences too.

Fresh ideas for aerospace

In Berlin numerous startups are developing new products and technologies for the aviation industry. Some of them were represented at ILA Berlin. 

Berlin/Brandenburg – R&D network for the use of hydrogen in aviation

The event on the Aviation Future Lab Stage at ILA Berlin offered a comprehensive insight into the current focus of research and development work on hydrogen in the Berlin/Brandenburg region. That is where an R&D network is continuing to be built that is unique in Germany, under the joint umbrella of the Berlin/Brandenburg Aerospace Allianz (BBAA e.V.).

Focus on SMEs at ILA Berlin

On day two of ILA Berlin, five brief presentations on the ISC Stage in Hall 1 impressively highlighted the wide range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represented at the International Suppliers Center:

’Zukunftsflieger’ magazine promotes choosing careers without gender stereotypes

The BDLI supports the ’Klischeefrei’ initiative set up in 2016, whose aim is to ensure career and university course choices can be made without gender stereotypes. 

Eurofighter supplies Spain with 20 combat aircraft

At ILA Berlin representatives of Eurofighter, the NATO Eurofighter 2000 and Tornado Management Agency (NETMA) and Eurojet Turbo signed the Halcón agreement, which aims to modernise Spain’s fleet of Eurofighters and Typhoons by supplying 20 new combat aircraft.

Future Generation Fighter Symposium at ILA Berlin

On 24 June, at a high-profile symposium which took place at the Defence Forum Air Stage event of ILA Berlin, specialists from international air forces and the industry discussed the opportunities and challenges in developing fifth-generation and upcoming sixth-generation combat aircraft and the implications for the armed forces. 

Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation launches at ILA Berlin

At ILA Berlin Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market, officially launched the Alliance for Zero Emission Aviation, a new EU initiative and part of the European Commission’s Fit for 55 programme. Taking part in the event on the Aviation Future Lab Stage were BDLI President and CEO of Airbus Defence and Space Michael Schöllhorn together with his French counterpart Guillaume Faury from Groupement des Industries Françaises Aéronautiques et Spatiales (GIFAS), who is also CEO of Airbus SE.

Hydrogen power – challenges for aviation

At the ILA Future Lab, the members of the panel discussion on the topic of hydrogen were unanimous that it had the capability to make aviation climate-neutral. However, they also agreed there were big challenges involved that required a joint global effort.

Sustainable aviation for Europe

At ILA Berlin, the Advisory Council for Aeronautics Research in Europe (ACARE) presented its report entitled Fly the Green Deal, which envisages numerous concrete steps on the way to climate-neutral aviation.

Mega trends in German and European aerospace at ILA Berlin

According to Dr. Christmann, there is no doubt about the benefits of space programmes to humanity. 

5 questions to Andrea Luebke, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, MTU Aero Engines AG

MTU Aero Engines AG is Germany’s leading engine manufacturer with expertise in the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of commercial and military aircraft engines in all thrust and power categories as well as stationary gas turbines.

How the European Commission prepares the sustainable future of aeronautics

Horizon Europe (2021-2027), Europe’s research and innovation framework programme, is well under way and synergies between programs and projects are taking shape.

A new form of transport

At ILA Berlin representatives of politics and industry exchanged views on Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) in Germany, the opportunities it presents and the hurdles involved. 

Climate protection in the Franco-German aviation sector

At ILA Berlin, experts from science and industry debated how cross-border collaboration in aviation can drive forward climate protection, and the role that new legal requirements might play in that context.

Higher sustainability levels in the supply industry

To what extent are aviation industry suppliers capable of achieving higher sustainability levels? That was the question examined in a new survey by the consultancy Roland Berger which was presented at the Sustainability Keynote at ILA Berlin.

Joint start to achieving climate-neutral aviation at ILA Berlin

In the three speeches by the BDLI, federal government and the European Commission there was agreement that the focus had to be on R&D projects driving the effort to achieve climate-neutral aviation in the EU.

Driving clean aviation

Seven technology heads from the European aviation industry gathered to discuss clean aviation of the future. 

Why Europe needs its Aeronautical industry – and how it makes our daily lives easier while helping to meet key challenges ahead

It was in March 2020, when from one day to another suddenly more than two-thirds of the passenger jets fleet of airlines worldwide was grounded due to travel restrictions to stop the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

ILA Space Pavilion 2022 opens

In Hall 6, aerospace actors used simulations, videos and models to present fascinating research projects and topical issues. At the opening of the ILA Space Pavilion representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and the German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI) explained the benefits of their space exploration projects.

5 questions to Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo S.p.a. and President of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD).

ASD represents the Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Security Industries in Brussels with the objective of promoting and supporting the competitive development of the sector in Europe. Leonardo is an Italian group with more than 50.000 employees in the U.S. and Europe active in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sector.

5 questions to Ingo Gerhartz, Lieutenant General and 16th Chief of the German Air Force.

The German Air Force is an important part of the Bundeswehr, the armed forces (Army, Air Force, Navy) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Bundeswehr is a parliamentary army. Fundamental decisions are made by the members of the German Bundestag. The Bundeswehr has a strength of more than 260,000 active-duty military personnel and civilians.

5 questions to Marija Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth at the European Commission.

Her responsibilities include, among other things, ensuring swift agreement on, and full implementation of, the future Horizon Europe programme. She also guarantees investment flows for disruptive research and breakthrough innovations, including through the European Innovation Council. She further develops the European Research Area in cooperation with Member States.

5 questions to Thierry Breton, Commissioner for Internal Market at the European Commission.

His responsibilities include, among other things, establishing a level playing field across the single market and address distortive effects of foreign subsidies, in particular in relation to public procurement. Devising a comprehensive long-term strategy to help European industry lead the green and digital transition while ensuring fair competition. And ensuring European industry's full input to climate-neutrality by 2050 and a circular economy.

5 questions to Sabine Klauke, Chief Technical Officer, Airbus

Airbus is a pioneer in the global aerospace industry with activities in commercial aircraft, helicopters, defence and space.

ILA Tours

Discover innovations and trends of the aerospace industry at ILA 2022 in Berlin! We will guide you to innovative exhibitors and the latest topics. Use the free ILA Tours to get a compact and balanced overview!

5 questions to Dr. Anna Christmann, Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy.

Dr. Christmann has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2017 (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). In addition to her role as the Federal Government Coordinator of German Aerospace Policy, she also occupies the post of Digital Economy and start-up representative of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK).

5 questions to Prof. Dr. Anke Kaysser-Pyzalla, Chair of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) Executive Board.

DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany's research centre for aeronautics and space. It conducts research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. The German Space Agency at DLR plans and implements the national space programme on behalf of the federal government.

5 questions to Dr. Gerd-Achim Gruppe, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Munich Aerospace e.V.

Munich Aerospace e.V - Bayerisches Forschungsnetzwerk is an association that coordinates research in the field of aerospace technology in the Munich area and offers training and further education. Its four members are Technische Universität München (TUM - Technical University of Munich), Universität der Bundeswehr München (UniBwM – University of the Bundeswehr Munich), Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German Aerospace Centre) and Bauhaus Luftfahrt (BHL – non-profit research institution for holistic solutions in aviation).

5 questions to Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, Rolls-Royce.

As one of the world’s leading industrial technology companies Rolls-Royce delivers clean, safe and competitive solutions to meet our planet's vital power needs. The group concentrates on three core operating businesses: Civil Aerospace, Power Systems and Defence.

5 questions to Ulrike Hauröder-Strüning, President of the Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services of the Bundeswehr

The nationwide coordination of services for the armed forces and their central management is the responsibility of the Federal Office for Infrastructure, Environmental Protection and Services.of the Bundeswehr, which is based in Bonn.

5 questions to Nadja Löffler, Project Lead Aircraft Operations at Volocopter.

The company is a pioneer in urban air mobility with electric air cabs. It plans to offer affordable solutions for the transporting both goods and people to their destination - emission-free, sustainable and efficient.

Aerospace: safeguarding our defensive democracy

Today, the war in Ukraine is synonymous with the fight for our democratic values. These are based on international co-operation, and the rule of law in the European Union (EU), but also worldwide.

5 questions to Pierre Godart, CFO at ArianeGroup and CEO of ArianeGroup Deutschland

The company is a world leader in providing access to space, working for its institutional and commercial customers and Europe’s strategic independence. ArianeGroup employs approximately 7,600 people in France and Germany.

5 questions to Daniela Schob, scientist at BTU Cottbus

The Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus-Senftenberg (BTU) is the 2nd largest University and the only technical University in Brandenburg (6,800 students). It develops practical application oriented solutions for the major global issues and transformation processes of the future with scientific competence.

ILA DIGITAL: Take-Off online

At ILA DIGITAL exhibitors and trade visitors can digitally explore products from international companies and network with decision-makers from the industry via matchmaking. You can watch the Stage Program conveniently from anywhere and interact with potential business partners.

ILA Stages program is now online!

We are pleased to present you the program of this year's ILA! Five ILA Stages will be the venue for interesting panel discussions, expert talks, debates and presentations on the wide range of aviation and aerospace topics.

5 questions for Joachim Drenckhan, Country Manager Germany, AERTEC

AERTEC is an international consulting and engineering company. It specialises in the aerospace industry, defence and airports.

5 questions for Benno Speer, Johann Maier GmbH & Co. KG

Johann Maier is a manufacturer of high-strength and corrosion-resistant bolts for the aircraft, aerospace, oil exploration, international motorsport and defence industries.


ILA Berlin features the first in-person gathering of the aerospace industry in Europe since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. From June 22-26, 2022, Europe’s leading aerospace trade fair will once again transform Berlin into “the place to be”, welcoming aerospace pioneers and space enthusiasts from all over the world.

The high-flyers for everyday life

The European Union has committed itself to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. Following the passing of the Green Deal, drones and “air taxis” are gaining increasing relevance due to their small ecological footprint. They offer several advantages, particularly in terms of CO2 and noise emissions. A completely new ecosystem is shaping our airspace: Advanced Air Mobility (AAM).

5 questions for Jutta Schull, BJS Ceramics GmbH

BJS Ceramics GmbH was founded in 2014 to carve out the Silicon Carbide (SiC) Fiber business and technology from SGL Carbon SE. With this acquisition, the SGL Carbon key experts for SiC Fiber development and production joined BJS Ceramics GmbH.


From 22 to 26 June 2022, the world of international aerospace will be hosted by friends!

5 questions for Susanne Marks, managing director BBAA

BBAA – Berlin-Brandenburg Aerospace Allianz e.V. is the trade association for the aerospace industry in the Berlin capital region. It brings together key players from business, science and politics at the regional, national and international level.

5 questions for Olivier Andriès, CEO of Safran Group

Safran is an international high-technology group, operating in the aviation (propulsion, equipment and interiors), defense and space markets. Its core purpose is to contribute to a safer, more sustainable world, where air transport is more environmentally friendly, comfortable and accessible.

Space 4.0 connects people and contributes to a more sustainable planet

DLR and ESA are two of the leading space agencies in Europe. They explore space for the benefit of mankind and their environment. While more and more people are benefiting from the advantages of space technologies, an increasing number of institutional and private players are also becoming involved in the space industry. System houses, small and medium-sized companies and start-ups are now increasingly offering commercial space applications. Together with space agencies, they search for solutions for greater environmental and climate protection as well as for more sustainability on Earth.

Destination carbon-neutral aviation

A roadmap: No means of transport is faster than an airplane – travelling from London to New York by ship takes 10 days. The same trip on a plane doesn’t even take 10 hours. Essential supply chains like the one needed to transport COVID-19 vaccines, which require continuous refrigeration, would hardly be feasible without air transportation – or would in any case come at an increased cost. Flying has been connecting humans, cultures and countries as a world wide web even before the internet came into existence.

Exhibitor Overview

Here you can see an excerpt of the exhibitors who have already registered for ILA 2022.