Airbus to reduce engineering staff
04/23/2014 11:08 AM
06/25/2014 5:53 PM
WICHITA — Cessna Aircraft and Beechcraft aren't the only aircraft manufacturers cutting jobs in Wichita.
Airbus also will be reducing its engineering staff.
"This is not bad news," says spokeswoman Kristi Tucker.
"This type of staffing balance is not unusual in the aviation industry," she says. "At some point in every project, the product leaves the engineering and design phase and goes into production, so you don't need as much engineering focus on it."
Currently, about 370 of Airbus' 400 Wichita employees are engineers.
"It's been at a top level," Tucker says. "It's more work than we've ever done or ever managed out of that office."
She says she can't discuss specific numbers of how many jobs will be eliminated because that's not been determined yet.
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