Airbus to move A320 production to Hamburg

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 15, 2007 (AFP) - European aircraft maker Airbus plans to end production at a French factory for its A320 single-aisled jet and move operations to Germany, French newspapers reported Monday.

PARIS, Jan 15, 2007 (AFP) - European aircraft maker Airbus plans to end production at a French factory for its A320 single-aisled jet and move operations to Germany, French newspapers reported Monday.

"There will be only one assembly line for single aisles," Airbus chief executive Louis Gallois told trade union representatives, La Tribune daily paper said.

Manufacturing will take place uniquely in Hamburg, one of two existing sites, at the expense of a factory at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, southern France, La Tribune and rival daily Le Figaro reported.

Airbus is to unveil a vast restructuring plan next month called Power 8, which is expected to include a simplification of the group's manufacturing processes.

"Any hypothesis is premature," an Airbus spokeswoman told AFP. "No decision has been taken. Louis Gallois will talk about the plan during February."

The A320 family of small, single-aisled planes includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321 aircraft and is the main source of profit for Airbus, which has experienced production problems and delays to its flagship A380 superjumbo project.

The European group is working on an updated version of the A320 amid a bitter fight for orders with arch-rival Boeing and plans to make the new aircraft available from 2015.

Trade union sources in Toulouse were sceptical about the press reports.

"We are talking about uncertainties, about things that will happen in five or six years," said Xavier Petrachi, a member of the CGT union.

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Subject: French news

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