Following health and safety checks, Airbus has revealed that that it expects production and assembly work to partially resume in France and Spain today (March 23) during the COVID-19 crisis.
The company has coordinated with its partners to ensure the health and safety of its employees while securing business continuity. Following a temporary pause, workstations will now only re-open if they adhere to the new health and safety measures in terms of hygiene, cleaning and self-distancing, while improving the efficiency of operations under new working conditions.
These measures are being deployed across all other sites without full interruption.
Airbus continues to support home-working where possible, but some employees will be asked to return to support business continuity following the implementation of these new measures. In February, the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China, reopened following a temporary production stoppage related to the coronavirus outbreak and is now operating efficiently.
Airbus committed to supporting those in the health, emergency and public services that rely on its aircraft, helicopters, satellites and services to accomplish their critical missions. Adding to this, the company has donated thousands of face masks to hospitals and public services around Europe, and has started to use its test aircraft to obtain larger quantities from suppliers in China. The first flight with a test A330-800 aircraft recently transported approximately two-million masks from Tianjin back to Europe, of which the large majority will be donated to the Spanish and French authorities. More flights of this kind are expected soon.
CEO, Airbus, Guillaume Faury declared: “Health and safety is our number one priority at Airbus so the workstations at our sites in France and Spain will only re-open if they meet the required standards. I’d like to salute the strong commitment from our employees to ensure business continuity in close cooperation with our social partners and other stakeholders. At the same time, we are doing all we can to support those on the frontline to fight the coronavirus and limit its spread. We try to live up to our values, humbled by the complexity of the situation, and contribute as much as we can to society in these very difficult times.”