Ozair wrote:KarelXWB wrote:As I pointed out earlier, I think it's time to accept that the A400M market is not much bigger than the current order book, thus we should not expect much export orders.
In that context then, what point is there to slow production to 8 a year? Is it to keep the workforce, slow customer delivery, meet the capability delivery required through slow incremental improvement?
If the assessment is that there will be few export orders then wouldn’t delivering as fast as possible and closing down the line be better for Airbus and the respective partners?
That would mean that they get even less export orders, since not all possible export customer's needs are imminent. But I guess that Airbus have a better overview of the market than me and you.
It's also a matter of demand from current customers. Germany ordered 53 A400Ms, but until recently planned to put only 40 into service. So 13 can wait till later. Another 13 unwanted machines remain from the Spanish order of 27. France have ordered 50, but according to the recent defense plan for 2019 to 2025, they will take only 11 during that period, which leaves 25 for later years. So we have a total of 51 machines from these three countries that are on hold and won't probably be needed before the mid 2020s.
Then it also doesn't make much sense to rush the production through while they're still working on some fixes and points of specification. The faster they finish the production, the more aircraft will have to be retrofitted.
Revelation wrote:Must be a lot of unused tools, fixtures, facilities.
Maybe, but some of that may be required for retrofits of early production aircraft anyway. Previously, it was unclear how they could perfom all the necessary retrofits simultaneously with the production. They had planned to build an extra hangar for this.