The A350XWB will perform its first flight at the beginning of 2012 , will be delivered in 2013 , and will be built at a rate of 10 a month.
10 a month at the early beginning ...........not so bad.120 units during the first year !
Ikramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21311 posts, RR: 60 Reply 1, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
Airbus can't ramp up production on the A380, Boeing is having the same trouble on the 787, the A380, 787, 748 and A400 are all late, but somehow Airbus is going to buck the trend and deliver the plane on time at full bore production rates from year 1? Would be amazing if they can achieve that.
Of all the things to worry about... the Wookie has no pants.
Did Airbus really say something like this? Or is it just another example of bad journalism. I am asking because I cannot read this article to understand what they said exactly and I cannot imagine that they are so stupid to announce something like this. Just look how much problems they still have with the A380, 2 years after EIS.
Manfredj From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1132 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2349 times:
I have no problem with Airbus making predictions this early in the game. As a matter of fact ,they should if everything seems to be going smoothly.
Problems with production, happen during production. With that said, assume everything will go as planned and make changes as problems occur. In the meantime remember these are complex machines, not paper airplanes. When an issue arises, they will modify the build schedule as necessary.
EPA001 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2006, 4252 posts, RR: 37 Reply 6, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2338 times:
Quoting Stitch (Reply 4): "Airbus has fixed the rate of production of the A350 XWB aircraft to 10 aircraft per month..."
So that is the production rate Airbus will be building up to, not the production rate achieved at program start.
That is how I would understand it too. They want to achieve 10 a month, as usual it will take some time to reach that production speed. We see that everywhere in production, not only in airliners for that matter.
Scipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 810 posts, RR: 8 Reply 7, posted (4 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2268 times:
Quoting EPA001 (Reply 6): That is how I would understand it too. They want to achieve 10 a month, as usual it will take some time to reach that production speed. We see that everywhere in production, not only in airliners for that matter.
Airbus stated at some point that, in light of the B787's problems, they decided to go for a more conservative production ramp-up for the A350. So, I would expect it to take some time before the 10/month target is reached.
I also seem to recall that at some point the target was a production rate of up to 13 A350s per month. Either that has been dropped, or the 10/month rate is an interim target.