Airbus has commenced discussions on personnel restructuring following its decision to terminate the A380 programme.

Some 3,000-3,500 jobs are likely to be affected by the decision over the next three years.

Airbus is halting production of the aircraft and deliveries will cease in 2021. Seventeen aircraft are still to be delivered, primarily to Emirates.

The airframer says it has started talks over the “redeployment” of staff with labour representatives and social partners across its facilities during a European works council meeting.

Airbus states that the A380 jobs affected include 1,100-1,200 in each of Germany and France, plus 500-600 in the UK and another 400-500 in Spain.

The total includes 2,100 white-collar staff and 1,300 blue-collar workers.

Airbus presented its direction plan for the A380 programme which, it says, features a “smooth transition” of serial production but including future in-service support for the operational fleet.

The airframer insists it is “dedicated to managing industrial adaptations responsibly and successfully”.

It points out that the long-haul twinjet backlog – for the A350 and A330neo – plus the ramp-up of single-aisle production means that a “significant number” of opportunities are available for internal staff transfer.

Airbus intends to establish services centred on competence conversion to enable personnel to switch between tasks and between programmes, supporting the redeployment.

Source: Cirium Dashboard