Strange that they do not intend to increase the overall output. It would generate significant sales if they can provide new delivery slots from 2022 and onward.
the supply chain is already probably overextended as it is, no?
That's a classy problem to have, no?
The order book is full through 2025, partially full thereafter.
Airbus has been sending the message that the rate shall go up, suppliers need to be ready to make more or be bypassed.
I think the production rate cap statement is intended to avoid too many questions about work share between FR, DE, US, CN, UK, etc.
Just size the initial A321 FAL to replace A320 capacity as it is wound down, but with plenty of "digital enhancement" to let it grow rapidly if that is needed or desired.
No need to show all the cards right up front.