Airbus suspend all production and assembly of aircraft at sites across France and Spain at least for four days.
“Following the implementation of new measures in France and Spain to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbus has decided to temporarily pause production and assembly activities at its French and Spanish sites across the Company for the next four days.” said the Airbus in a statement.
“These measures will be implemented locally in coordination with the social partners. Airbus is also working together with its customers and suppliers to minimise the impact of this decision on their operations.” Airbus added.
France being one of the company’s four founding countries, hosts the company’s headquarters.
France has final assembly lines for all Airbus commercial aircraft families and home to major production facilities for helicopter, space and defence activities and includes locations for leading-edge research.
Final assembly for the Airbus A350 XWB, A320, A330, A350 XWB and A380 Families as well as facilities for passenger cabin outfitting and painting of completed aircraft is performed at a state-of-the-art facility situated in the aviation industrial zones surrounding Toulouse-Blagnac Airport.
Nearly 48,000 Airbus employees in France will be off for at least four days.
Airbus is the leader of Spain’s aerospace and defence sector, generating 56.4% of the nation’s revenues in these areas through the work of some 12,700 employees.
Airbus facilities in Spain are responsible for designing, engineering and manufacturing of components for all Airbus aircraft. They include the horizontal stabiliser for the double-deck A380 jetliner; the assembly and testing of the horizontal stabilisers for the wide-body A350 XWB and A330, as well as for the single-aisle A320 Family.
This site also is responsible for producing the two sections that comprise the A380’s tail cone, as well as the A350 XWB’s tail cone