Airbus slashes production rates of A320 and A350 programmes due to coronavirus hit

Airbus is cutting the production rates of its plane programmes in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The aerospace giant has been forced to slow production across its operations in recent weeks as they implement safe working practices and are impacted by supply issues and a crisis in the aviation sector.

This has seen several thousand workers sent home from its plant in Broughton, North Wales, and Filton, near Bristol.

Airbus A350 wing assembly building at Broughton in Flintshire
(Image: Daily Post Wales)

They have now announced the new production rates – which represent around a one-third cut in production.

The new average production rates going forward have been set as follows:

●        A320 to rate 40 per month

●        A330 to rate 2 per month

●        A350 to rate 6 per month

It is not known yet how long these reduced production rates will be maintained for and what impact it will have on worker numbers.

A spokesman said: “With these new rates, Airbus preserves its ability to meet customer demand while protecting its ability to further adapt as the global market evolves.

“Airbus is working in coordination with its social partners to define the most appropriate social measures to adapt to this new and evolving situation. Airbus is also addressing a short-term cash containment plan as well as its longer-term cost structure.

“The impact of this pandemic is unprecedented.”

Airbus chief executive officer Guillaume Faury said: “At Airbus, protecting our people and supporting the fight against the virus are our chief priorities at this time.

“We are in constant dialogue with our customers and supply chain partners as we are all going through these difficult times together.

“Our airline customers are heavily impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. We are actively adapting our production to their new situation and working on operational and financial mitigation measures to face reality.”

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