Bird & Bird advises Airbus on major IT project for the A380

12 January 2005

International law firm Bird & Bird has won an exciting instruction from leading European aviation company, Airbus. The win which relates to the implementation of Private Key Infrastructure (PKI) to support Airbus’s new A380 plane, was won after a competitive pitch and involved Bird & Bird team members from across the firm’s European network.

Designed to be the largest passenger aircraft in the skies and able to carry 555 passengers, the new Airbus is one of the most exciting industrial projects in the aeropspace sector at the moment.

The A380 design includes the use of PKI, which provides a high security environment for the IT products and tools that will be embedded onboard the A380. Bird & Bird has been employed to advise Airbus on related electronic signatures issues as well as drafting all contracts relating to PKI.

The work will be managed from Bird & Bird’s Paris office but the Bird & Bird team that won the pitch was international, led by IT partners Stéphane Lermarchand in Paris, Ulrich Goebel in Germany and Hamish Sandison in the UK.

Commenting, Stéphane Lermarchand added:

“This is a very exciting win for us. It’s a very complex IT project and one which raises many interesting challenges for us lawyers. The issue of security within the aerospace sector is, of course, very important in this day and age and technology is developing at a remarkable pace to be able to cope with this”.