Posted on: 30 October 2015 by Mark Howells
After conducting studies to maintain production ramp-up readiness in the supply chain and on Airbus sites, the OEM has announced that it will increase the production rate of its A320 family to 60 aircraft per month from mid-2019.
To enable the ramp-up, Airbus is planning on creating an additional production line at its Hamburg facility as well as harmonising the production process across all A320 family Final Assembly Lines worldwide. This involves integrating cabin furnishing activities for A320 aircraft produced in Toulouse into the Final Assembly Line (FAL) there.
“The growing single aisle demand and impressive backlog for both CEOs and NEOs led us to decide on a further ramp-up,” explained Didier Evrard, executive vice-president of programmes at Airbus. “I am confident that we have the highest skilled teams and the right solutions in place to gradually move to the highest production rate ever achieved in civil aviation history.”
The A320 family has had 12,200 orders since its launch and more than 6,700 aircraft have been delivered to more than 300 operators worldwide.