ILA: Bregier reassures over EADS-BAE impact on Airbus

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Airbus chief executive Fabrice Bregier has issued a reassurance that the daily operations of the airframer are not likely to be affected by the proposed EADS-BAE Systems merger.

The potential tie-up would bring BAE back to the EADS fold six years after BAE sold its 20% shareholding in Airbus and switched its focus to the defence sector.

Bregier says the move would make Airbus "part of a stronger company overall".

Airbus accounted for two-thirds of EADS's revenue in 2011 and a BAE merger would reduce the strong dependence on income from civil aircraft programmes.

Bregier says: "An EADS and BAE Systems combination is not expected to affect Airbus and its employees in daily operations.

"Airbus's organisation, product plans, engineering, manufacturing and strategies for the future should continue as-is."

BAE's wing-building operation for Airbus has long been absorbed into the airframer's corporate structure after it took over the manufacturing facilities as Airbus UK. But BAE remains an Airbus supplier and collaborates with the airframer on research programmes.