Airbus will increase the production rate of its A320 and A330 aircraft. Production on the single-aisle A320 programme will rise to 42 units per month in the fourth quarter of 2012. Currently Airbus produces 36 A320 Family aircraft each month, but the rate will steadily rise to 38 in August 2011 and to 40 in the first quarter of 2012.
Meanwhile, the production rate of Airbus’ long-range A330 Family will increase from 8.5 per month to nine in early 2012 and 10 in the second quarter of 2013.
Speaking of the decision to boost the A320 production rate, Airbus’ Executive Vice President of Programmes, said Tom Williams said; “The low operating costs and high dispatch reliability offered by the A320 Family make it the best seller in its market. 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.”
Airbus delivered a total of 510 aircraft in 2010, including 401 A320 Family aircraft. By the end of April, Airbus had already delivered 132 A320 Family aircraft and is well on track to exceed previous years’ deliveries.