Approximately 3,700 jobs are currently at risk at Airbus following the announcement of the manufacturer that it will cut the production of two of its programmes starting 2020 as a part of an efficiency drive.
Airbus said that it would produce eight of its A400M and six of its A308 programmes per year starting 2020. The company said that the reduction in the baseline of the A380 would enable it to pursue more sales campaigns which may result in higher production levels.
The manufacturer said that it was entering into consultation with employees at European and national levels in order to discuss how to decrease the impact on possible job losses. Airbus said that approximately 3,700 jobs in France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom, could be affected by the said changes.
Airbus stated: “Airbus is committed to managing any implications for its workforce in a responsible manner – as already successfully demonstrated on various occasions in the past.
“The company is confident that it will be able to propose opportunities to most of the affected employees through programmes which are ramping up. Each year, Airbus manages 12 percent mobility and can adapt the flexibility level across divisions, functions and subsidiaries to support redeployment of staff to other programmes’ activities.”
The likely future of the A380 looked to be in doubt earlier in 2018 when there was looming uncertainty over whether the company would be able to finalise a deal with Emirates.
Emirates confirmed a memorandum of understanding for a maximum of 36 additional aircraft in a deal that is valued at $16bn (£11.6bn), safeguarding the future of the production of the A380 for at least ten years.