PARIS, June 30 (Reuters) - Airbus is launching a reorganisation of its commercial aircraft sales operations in a move likely to focus fresh attention on a delicate balance of power at Europe’s largest aerospace company, people familiar with the situation said.
From July, the globe-trotting sales team, best known for contesting leadership of the jetliner market with Boeing, will report directly to Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders, bypassing commercial aircraft president Fabrice Bregier, the people said.
A spokesman for Airbus declined to comment.
The surprise move, announced by Enders at a management dinner on Thursday, is part of a wider effort to streamline the company by uniting the headquarters with its dominant civil planemaking business, giving substance to a recent internal merger.
But it is likely to raise questions about the coherence of the commercial planemaking operations and could revive speculation over the future of Frenchman Bregier, who has run the world’s second-largest civil planemaker since 2012. (Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Catherine Evans)