Airbus reduces wing production in German, U.K. facilities
On March 23, an Airbus A330neo test aircraft landed in Toulouse back from China with about 2 million masks to support the medical and life-saving teams responding to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Airbus SE (Toulouse, France) reported on March 26 that the company will, as part of its response to the coronavirus outbreak, temporarily reduce production and related activities at its aircraft wing plants in Bremen, Germany; Filton, U.K.; and Broughton, U.K. over the next three weeks.
This will include an extended Easter holiday at the Broughton and Filton plants, and a reduced workweek at the Bremen site. The sites will remain open during this period and will continue to ensure wing deliveries to the final assembly lines, the receipt and control of materials and components from the supply chain, building and installation maintenance, critical administrative support and preparation for activity restart. Employees will continue to perform activities remotely via home-working where their activities are not directly related to the production activity being adapted.
According to Airbus, the decision comes after a review of completed stock levels and the immediate demand from final assembly lines. The company partially resumed production and assembly work in France and Spain on Monday, March 23 following a four-day pause; during that period, operations in the U.K., Germany and the U.S. continued at normal rates.
Based on new health and safety measures at its facilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Airbus says it is continuing to evaluate its production flow.
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