Airbus expects to have further boosted aircraft production rates by year-end and could be ready to adjust both near-term and longer-range A380 plans as it gains experience building the aircraft under renewed processes.
After having upped wide- and narrow-body aircraft output already several times in recent months, and with an increase to 40 single-aisle aircraft per month all but decided, Airbus also is considering again accelerating production of A330/A340s. Such a move would put output at 10 aircraft per month, says John Leahy, Airbus chief operating officer for customers. "We will almost certainly be doing that," he asserts.
Production after increases:
Total: 648 per year
[Edited 2007-04-30 12:05:12]