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Airbus Group

The Director of the Serious Fraud Office is investigating allegations of fraud, bribery and corruption in the civil aviation business of Airbus Group. These allegations relate to irregularities concerning third party consultants. The investigation was opened in July 2016. If you have any information please contact us through our secure and confidential reporting channel. When providing information please quote ‘Airbus investigation’ on the reporting form.

On 31 January 2020, the Serious Fraud Office entered into a record-breaking Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the global aerospace company Airbus SE following its approval by Dame Victoria Sharp, President of the Queen’s Bench Division. 

Under the terms of the DPA, Airbus SE agrees to pay a fine and costs amounting to €991m here in the UK, and in total, €3.6bn as part the world’s largest global resolution for bribery, involving authorities in France and the United States. Please see the full press release here.

The SFO investigation remains active and the position in relation to individuals is being considered.

Page published on 7 Sep 2016 | Page modified on 31 Jan 2020