Airbus to boost A320 production rates
A320 customers can now look forward to shorter waits for their new plane.
Airbus will increase the production rate of the A320 Family to 42 per month, from 36 currently, by the fourth quarter of 2012.
The rate should reach 38 planes by August 2011, increasing to 40 in the first quarter of 2012, before reaching the 42 mark by the end of next year.
The company is also increasing the production rate of the A330 Family from 8.5 per month now, to nine in early 2012 and ten in the second quarter of 2013.
“With a backlog of over 2,300 A320 Family aircraft to deliver, we need to increase production to accommodate continuing strong customer demand for these new eco-efficient aircraft,” said Tom Williams, executive vice president, programmes, Airbus.
Airbus delivered a total of 401 A320 Family aircraft in 2010. It says it is on track to exceed that figure this year.
The A320 Family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321. The A320 is by far the most popular model in the range.
Aribus recently announced a revamp of the A320, dubbed the A320neo. Due to launch in 2015, it will feature brand new engines and wing tips that help reduce fuel consumption.