Airbus pauses production to implement anti-coronavirus measures

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Airbus has paused production and assembly operations at its French and Spanish sites following the implementation of measures in France and Spain to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Airbus said its sites in France and Spain will close for the next four days so that stringent health and safety conditions in terms of hygiene, cleaning and self-distancing can be put in place. It added that where possible, it has instructed employees  to maximize home working.

“These measures will be implemented locally in coordination with the social partners. Airbus is also working together with its customers and suppliers to minimize the impact of this decision on their operations,” said the company in a statement.

Meanwhile Boeing is reportedly meeting with the US Government to discuss aid packages. The aircraft manufacturer is seen as being particularly vulnerable to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic because of the damage the recent 737 Max crisis has caused the firm.

Boeing said in a statement, “We’re leveraging all our resources to sustain our operations. Meanwhile, ready short term access to public and private liquidity will be one of the most important ways for airlines, airports, suppliers and manufacturers to bridge to recovery, and we appreciate how the Administration and Congress are engaging with all elements of the aviation industry during this difficult time.”

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