By: Air Traveller PH Staff
European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced that it is temporarily closing its Final Assemply Line (FAL) in Tianjn, China, as the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) continue to spread worldwide affecting international travel and the aviation industry. Airbus said that the FAL will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The Airbus FAL in Tianjin is one of two located outside Europe, where most of the manufacturing and assembly sites are located. Another FAL is located at Mobile, Alabama in the United States.
Airbus in a statement said, "Airbus is closely monitoring the evolution of the coronavirus situation and following the World Health Organisation travel advice that is affecting Airbus globally. The company is regularly updating staff on the situation and on necessary precautions to take. Airbus China is observing Chinese government requirements for staff to work from home and is facilitating with IT equipment so employees from all locations including Tianjin do not need to travel to work where possible. With regards to the business impact, China domestic and worldwide travel restrictions are posing some logistical challenges. The Tianjin Final Assembly Line facility is currently closed.”
The Tianjin FAL was closed for the Chinese Lunar New Year and was scheduled to reopen at the end of January.
Airbus was planning to raise production output of the Tianjin FAL to 6 A320s. One A320 assembled in Tianjin now flies for Philippines AirAsia.
Tianjin is also the location of an Airbus A330 Completion and Delivery Center (C&DC). The manufacturer has also announced in November 2019 that the facility would be improved to also accept deliveries of the A350 aircraft.