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March 23rd, 2020

Airbus Ready to Partially Resume Production in France and Spain

Airbus SE announces that it expects production and assembly work to partially resume in France and Spain on Monday, March 23, following health and safety checks after the implementation of stringent measures — additionally, the Company is supporting efforts globally to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

Airbus has carried out extensive work in coordination with its social partners to ensure the health and safety of its employees, while securing business continuity. The implementation of these measures required a temporary pause in production and assembly activities at the French and Spanish sites for a period of four days. Work stations will only re-open if they comply with the new health and safety measures in terms of hygiene, cleaning and self-distancing while improving the efficiency of operations under new working conditions.

The same measures are being deployed across all other sites without full interruption. For other global, non-production activities, Airbus continues to support home-working where possible. Some employees will be asked to return to support business continuity following the implementation of these new measures. In February, the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China, reopened following a temporary production stoppage related to the coronavirus outbreak and is now operating efficiently.

Airbus is supporting those in the health, emergency and public services that rely on its satellites, aircraft, helicopters, and services to accomplish their critical missions. In addition, in the past days, the Company has donated thousands of face masks to hospitals and public services around Europe and has started to use its test aircraft to obtain larger quantities from suppliers in China.

A first flight with a test A330-800 aircraft has this weekend transported approximately two million masks from Tianjin back to Europe, of which the large majority will be donated to the Spanish and French authorities. Additional flights are planned to take place in the coming days.

Guillaume Faury

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said health and safety is the company's number one priority so the work stations at the firm's sites in France and Spain will only re-open if they meet the required standards. He salutes the strong commitment from Airbus employees to ensure business continuity in close cooperation with social partners and other stakeholders. At the same time, Airbus is doing all they can to support those on the frontline to fight the coronavirus and limit its spread. The firm tries to live up to the company's values, humbled by the complexity of the situation, and contribute as much as is possible to society in these very difficult times.

Airbus is committed to ensuring the health and safety of its people while maintaining delivery capability for its products and services to its customers.