Posted on: 26 February 2014 by Mark Howells
Airbus has decided to increase production of the A320 family to 46 a month by the second quarter of 2016, up from the current rate 42.
The new higher production rate will be achieved gradually, with an intermediate step at 44 aircraft per month in the first quarter of 2016.
“Based on the healthy market outlook for our best-selling A320 family and following a comprehensive assessment of our supply chain’s readiness to ramp-up, we are ready to go to rate 46 by 2Q16,” explained Tom Williams, executive vice-president programmes. “With a record backlog of over 4,200 A320 family aircraft and the growing success of the NEO, we have a solid case to increase our monthly output to satisfy our customers’ requirement for more of our fuel efficient aircraft.”
Over the past five years, Airbus has steadily increased A320 family production, going from rate 36 at the end of 2010 to rate 38 in August 2011, then up to rate 40 in 1Q12 to reach 42 per month in 4Q12.