Further on in the article there are details of other measures - including permanent staff going on shorter hours (but staying on full pay):-
"It also announced a raft of measures for its regular staff in Germany, including cutting working hours to as little as 28 hours a week for some staff _ though without reducing their pay."
And also indications of more bad news to come, but not until next year. That's unorthodox and will affect morale, it's usually best to get all the bad news over with as early as possible:-
"The company doesn't plan to announce details of the restructuring plan, including possible cuts to its regular work force and switches of production between its various European facilities, until next year.
"However, the 2003 agreement with German labor unions rules out firing any regular staff here until 2012.
"Detailing its initial measures in Germany, Airbus said it will reduce the work week for underemployed workers to as little as 28 hours. However, workers will be expected to make up the hours later, when orders are healthier."
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci