The agreement with the 16 partners and the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU) was signed on 12 June 2009. This means the actual start of the execution of the SESAR Programme. The agreement establishes Airbus as a full member of this powerful partnership. SESAR (Single European Sky ATM Research) will develop and deliver the necessary operational and technical standards (specifications, procedures, prototypes, validation activities, etc) for the progressive deployment of the new European ATM system. The total funding for the SESAR programme initially amounts to EUR 1.9 billion over a period of seven years. The SESAR Programme contains 16 work packages and 295 projects to be carry out between 2009 and 2016. Airbus will play a major part to all operational work packages and act as the leader of the aircraft work package. Global interoperability is a key factor for a successful implementation of the ATM systems. Airbus will actively support the SESAR work programme activities in this direction.