‘Airbus has contingency plan to slow production if Europe shuts down’

Reported plans apply to Airbus sites in France, Germany, UK and Spain
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Airbus' plant in Tianjin, China, was temporarily closed in February but has since resumed deliveries to customers.
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Airbus' plant in Tianjin, China, was temporarily closed in February but has since resumed deliveries to customers.

Airbus has developed a contingency plan to slow or stop production in Europe in the event that the countries where it has facilities go into lockdown because of Covid-19, according to an exclusive report by Reuters.

Two people familiar with matter told Reuters that plans ranged from a progressive slowdown to a full shutdown in production at some facilities, although the latter is seen as unlikely.

The plans apply to the manufacturer’s industrial bases in France, Germany, UK and Spain.

A spokesperson for Airbus told the newswire: “As we speak, our production facilities are open with strict health and safety protocols following national regulations. We are permanently following the situation and developments in our home production countries.

“We are looking at all kinds of scenarios to maintain business continuity.”

France is expected to take new measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Airbus in February was forced to close its A320 final assembly plant in Tianjin, China, because of the coronavirus. The plant resumed deliveries at the beginning of March as workers in China cautiously return to work.

Airbus has so far confirmed one case of the virus among its employees, as has Boeing.

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