posted on Oct, 15 2006 @ 06:49 AM
The sale of BAE Systems 20% stake in Airbus, which has been ongoing since April, has now been completed and EADS are now sole owners of the
This throws up some interesting questions about Airbus' UK sites, the company has always maintained the stance that these are not mere assembly shops
but centres of technical excellence and thus secure, but then Raytheon said exactly the same when it bought the BAE 125, now built in the USA as the
Hawker 800, albeit with some manufacturing done in the UK at, ironically, Airbus UK.
A statement issued upon completeion of the sale, and relating to the restructuring Airbus now faces, must put this position in some dount as it
specifically does not make any mention of the UK facilities, but blatantly states;
"The restructuring must be harmoniously divided between the two principal sites, I am talking about Hamburg and Toulouse, naturally taking account of
the interests of all of the subcontractors which work in Germany and France on the Airbus project.”
Can we take it then that the promises made to the UK Govt, BAE and the Airbus UK workforce are now worthless empty ones?