///////PARIS (dpa, aero.de) - Die neue Generation der A320-Familie von Airbus soll laut einem Bericht der französischen Wirtschaftszeitung «La Tribune» nur noch an einem Standort gebaut werden. Dies habe Airbus-Chef Louis Gallois kürzlich den französischen Gewerkschaften mitgeteilt. Die Produktion des Mittelstreckenflugzeuges dürfte dann ganz in Hamburg angesiedelt werden, berichtete das Blatt ohne nähere Quellen. Im Gegenzug solle die gesamte Produktion von Großraumflugzeugen in "sehr strikter Trennung" in Toulouse konzentriert werden.////////
1: The New generation of 320s will be built completely in Hamburg.
2: All the LR A/Cs will be built just in Toulouse.
To my opinion this would be bad for Toulouse as the 320 makes half of the sales.
Bad in the short run, good in the long run. It would be more effective to have one plant dedicated to narrow body aircraft, and the other to wide body ones. This way Toulouse plant can be optimized for A380 and A350 lines - especially the A350, once the project starts proceeding on full speed.
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MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4573 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11420 times:
I think it makes sense. As the A-320 is selling relatively well compared to the A-318, 319 and 321 and within a few years there will be multiple wide body lines running in Toulouse; the A-300 line might be extended, the A-330(340) and A-380 are or will be in full steam in 2-3 years and a few years later the A-350 will be added. So without changes, Toulouses output would grow disproportionally compared to Hamburg.
And don't forget it's just final assembly, the factories who make critical parts like the wings might actually make more product/revenue then the factory who just slaps the parts together. Toulouse might be compensated by doing some more part work for the A-320 line.
nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
Leelaw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11062 times:
Quote: PARIS (AP)--Xavier Petrachi, an official of one of France's largest labor unions the CGT said Monday that a report in the daily La Tribune that Airbus wants to locate production of its future single-aisle aircraft solelyin Hamburg would be "brutal" news, but said it has to be taken cautiously.
According to the newspaper report citing union sources, Louis Gallois, chief executive of both Airbus and the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. NV has told union representatives that it is unlikely there will be more than one assembly line for the successor to Airbus's successful A320 family of short-to-medium haul jets. Such a decision would fit in with the company's plan to cut costs by EUR2 billion a year by 2010...
..."It would be hard to imagine that the future A320 will be built at Hamburg without some sort of compensation for Toulouse," Petrachi said...
BoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 10997 times:
Quote: ...his first move, expected to be announced by the end of February, will be to shift manufacture of all large aircraft to its Toulouse headquarters, with smaller 'narrow body' jet production being consolidated at Hamburg, Germany.
The move is a precursor to a larger reorganisation that could see up to half of Airbus's 15 European plants sold off, with thousands of job losses among the 55,000-strong workforce.
A shift of large aircraft from Hamburg will be highly controversial and cut across intense national rivalries at the pan-European group. Forgeard caused fury in Germany last summer when he appeared to blame the Hamburg plant for some of the delay to the A380 programme.
'There is an argument raging between the company and the German government about this,' said one source.
The state government of Hamburg has supported the A380, and is one of a number of German states which want to invest in Airbus, buying a 7.5 per cent stake in the company being sold by current shareholder Daimler Chrysler.
BoomBoom From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10817 times:
It seems this is still up in the air:
Quote: Xavier Petrachi, an official of one of France's largest labor unions the CGT said Monday that a report in the daily La Tribune that Airbus wants to locate production of its future single-aisle aircraft solely in Hamburg would be "brutal" news, but said it has to be taken cautiously.
An Airbus spokeswoman said Monday that details of the Power8 cost-cutting and rationalization plan are still being worked out, and that they won't be made public for some weeks.
Stitch From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 33966 posts, RR: 85
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 10768 times:
So it sounds like the desire is to move A320 production to XFW so that the entire family can be built in one location, but it's still being hashed out with the unions.
Not sure how Airbus' union's are organized, but if they're anything like US ones, I imagine the German A380 workers are the most senior and highest-paid. If they transition directly to A320 work, how will they be integrated into the less-senior A318/A319/A321 teams and how will their higher wages affect both production costs of the A320 and put pressure to raise the wages of the A318/A319/A321 workers?
And will all the French A320 workers get a pay-raise and seniority bump when they move to the A380 program? I imagine the former would smooth over any misgivings about losing the A320...