In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched an Airbus-wide effort to support those on the frontlines, including healthcare professionals, customers, operators, and agencies who rely on our aircraft, satellites and services to accomplish their critical missions.
With the exceptional dedication of our community and reliability of our products and services, we are going above and beyond in providing assistance and delivering solutions. Whether it be transporting millions of protective face masks, producing critical medical equipment, or sending out a call for initiatives, we at Airbus are one: united in the fight against the pandemic.
Marc Turner, A350 Continuous Product Development, Airbus, UK & Staff Sergeant, Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia)
I joined the Reserves in 1997 and it has taken me all over the world – including Operational Tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. It has given me a great sense of satisfaction.
In 2012, I moved to Bristol to work for Airbus, where I joined the Royal Engineers troop. The unit carries out a range of roles within the Army, including combat engineering, demolition, and civil engineering construction.
My training and experience within the Reserves will enable me to support the NHS and other key agencies in building hospitals across the region, helping those who may need urgent medical care in the near future. Airbus has been very supportive of my role as a Reservist – I couldn’t have asked for more.
Sergeant Marc Turner joined 3,000 volunteer Reservists being mobilised across the country as part of the UK’s COVID Support Force to boost military aid to civil authorities stretched by the pandemic. The Reservists will use their specialist skills to provide logistical support to the NHS as well as engineering and cyber analytics to help fight coronavirus.
Andreas Fehring, Airbus Group Executive, Airbus France & Germany
Andreas Fehring is a key player in Airbus’ crisis management during the COVID-19 pandemic, leveraging experiences from his 30-year career with the company – which has included roles in product development, sales, programme management and corporate strategy.
This prepared Fehring for his current role as the interface between Airbus’ Executive Committee and the COVID-19 Enterprise Crisis Management Team. “My role is a new one, created while the coronavirus crisis was developing,” he explained. “As a link between the Executive Committee and the 53 Airbus crisis management teams created around the world, I have been helping to accelerate decision-making at the very top management levels on subjects of health and safety, coordination, alignment and synchronization.”
With a background in mechanical engineering, Fehring joined Airbus in 1988 as a development engineer. He continually raised his profile over the years and beginning in 2006, headed up the company’s A380 programme management functions before taking on similar responsibilities for the A350-900. Fehring also has served as the Chief Operating Officer at Airbus’ Premium AEROTEC subsidiary – which is among the world's leading Tier 1 suppliers of commercial and military aircraft structures.
“As I look how we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic across all of the company’s businesses, it has gone well beyond having a crisis management manual and following the basic procedures in place,” he stated. “Airbus’ response to this unprecedented crisis is built on the dedication of its people, with the understanding that the priority – first and foremost – was to protect the health, safety and security of employees, followed by the focus on business continuity.”
Tomás Guillén Barragán, Logistics Coordinator, Airbus, Spain
I currently work at the San Pablo site as a logistics coordinator. Our site has been one of the main promoters of an initiative to collect food to help vulnerable communities impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. The Pre-FAL (Pre-Final Assembly Line) in Tablada managed to collect 500 kg of milk, oil and basic foods, while San Pablo was able to provide an additional 1,010 kg.
It is a great initiative supporting those most affected by the crisis. I am grateful to have been able to participate in this project before I retire and hope it will benefit those in need of aid.
A food delivery was recently made at the San Pablo facility to representatives of the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Sevilla and city employees, who have managed to maintain their activities during these exceptional times.
The Getafe plant carried out the same initiative on April 27 where it obtained up to 850 kg of basic supplies for the families that need it most during the pandemic.
The Sevillian plants of San Pablo and Tablada joined a solidarity initiative last week to collect and donate more than 1,500 kg of basic food to the Fundación Banco de Alimentos de Sevilla.
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