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Airbus sees output down 40% for two years

Airbus plane output will be 40% lower for two years compared to pre-crisis plans, its chief executive said in remarks published on Monday, underscoring the threat to jobs as it draws up rapid restructuring plans due to a travel slump.

 On June 3. Airbus was looking to hold underlying jet output at 40% below pre-coronavirus pandemic plans for two years as the basis for the restructuring, Reuters reported

 “For the next two years – 2020/21 – we assume that production and deliveries will be 40% lower than originally planned,” CEO Guillaume Faury said, saying output would return to normal by 2025.

 Airbus has till now said it was cutting output by a third on average.

 The latest figures do not imply any immediate new production cut after Airbus reduced output by between 33% and 42% to new output levels that it plans to keep under review.

 Industry sources say the 40% cut in core or “single-aisle equivalent” output is expected to drive a widely anticipated restructuring of the company’s workforce, details of which Airbus has promised to announce by the end of July.

 The sources have predicted phased cuts of between 14,000 and 20,000 jobs based on the production targets.

 Union officials said the plans could be set out as early as Wednesday, when Airbus has called an emergency session at the end of two days of union meetings.

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