French aerospace giant Safran Group has laid off 83 employees at two sites in Orange County and furloughed an unspecified number of local workers due to the coronavirus pandemic, a company spokeswoman said.

Christelle Kinkead told the Business Journal that Safran Cabin and Safran Passenger Solutions “have scaled down to essential operations in Orange County.” Safran Cabin makes aircraft interiors while Safran Passenger Solutions makes passenger comfort systems and includes the in-flight entertainment unit.

“Safran Cabin has laid off 40 employees at its Garden Grove site, and placed a part of its employees on a temporary furlough at its sites in Cypress and Huntington Beach,” Kinkead said. “Safran Passenger Solutions has laid off 43 employees in Brea and placed a part of its workforce on a temporary rotating furlough.”

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Before the pandemic, Huntington Beach-based Safran had about 2,800 OC employees. Safran’s cuts come as companies across the country trim millions of jobs due to the pandemic-caused lockdown.

Safran Passenger Innovations, the in-flight entertainment unit, is moving its local headquarters into a bigger facility in Brea, and is getting a new building constructed for its growing operations in the city, the Business Journal reported in February before the spreading COVID-19 froze much of the nation’s economy.

The Safran unit is moving from the 89,000-square-foot hub at 2929 E. Imperial Highway into a multibuilding office complex across the street, at 3151 E. Imperial Highway.

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