Airbus SE stopped production at two German locations and its plant in Alabama to adjust to slowing demand and supply problems related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said in an April 6 statement that it was stopping production at German factories in Bremen and Stade for part of April, while activity at Mobile, Ala., Facilities where A220 and A320 aircraft were made will stop at least until April 29.
The decision was taken in response to a pandemic, which has led to high inventory levels and an impact on production flow when the site tries to follow government requirements. This step is the latest among a series of isolated actions European aircraft makers have taken since the spread of the virus began. They delayed making official cuts in production.
Airbus told its employees in an April 3 letter that returning to full operation was not feasible in the short term because of a shortage of parts and the inability of airlines to find it difficult to take delivery of new aircraft, according to people familiar with the matter. European aircraft makers also asked workers in France to take a 10-day vacation between now and mid-May, so that it can meet demand once business is resumed while similar steps are being discussed in Germany, people said.
Activities in Bremen will be stopped from 6 April to 27 April, while Stade will start to standstill on 5 April, and will last until 11 April, with additional days of rest in the following weeks in certain areas. The main business support services will remain active on both sites and will follow social distance steps, the company said.
The Mobile production line, Ala., Will be suspended from this week to April 29. With Canadian activity also on hold, both assembly lines for A220 are offline.
Airbus previously halted production and assembly work in France and Spain for four days to implement health and safety measures, with activity there continuing gradually after March 23. Commercial aircraft wing production operations in the UK and commercial aircraft production activities in Spain and Canada remain suspended to reflect stock levels and government restrictions.
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