February 13, 2020
Airbus has recommenced operations at its A320neo final assembly line in Tianjin, China.
In statement issued on February 11, the company said: “Airbus is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus situation and following the World Health Organisation travel advice that is affecting Airbus globally.
“The Company is regularly updating staff on the situation and on necessary precautions to take.
“Airbus China is observing Chinese Government requirements and has been authorised by the Chinese authorities to restart operations of the Tianjin Final Assembly Line. This means it can gradually increase production, whilst implementing all required health and safety measures for Airbus employees which remains the top priority. Airbus is constantly evaluating the situation and monitoring any potential knock on effects to production and deliveries and will try to mitigate via alternative plans where necessary. Airbus will provide updates as the situation evolves“.
The Tianjin factory in southern China makes six A320 aircraft each month, accounting for almost 10 percent of global production for the single-aisle family.