While Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury acknowledges that the coronavirus pandemic is the “gravest crisis” for the aerospace industry and that Airbus will have to “right-size” business operations in general, we are proud to say that we have no intention of closing Mobile – it has been and remains a strategic part of Airbus’ global production network.
Kristi Tucker, the Airbus spokeswoman, said the company’s plans to ramp up the A220 aircraft in Mobile remains unchanged, even if forecasts are trending downward elsewhere. The company announced a plan to accelerate output of the A220 toward 10 a month from the current four at its plant in Mirabel, Quebec, is postponed until mid-2021. Tucker said the plan for an output of four per month in Mobile at some point in the middle of the decade “remains unchanged.”
“We are preserving our ability to meet our customers commitments while protecting our ability to further adapt as and when the global market evolves,” said Tucker. “Safe and efficient air travel is a key backbone of global economic development and culture exchange; and aviation is a long-term business – we are convinced people of good will want and need to fly.”