“Based on the healthy market outlook for the A320 family and following a comprehensive assessment of our supply chain’s readiness to ramp-up, we are ready to go to rate 46 by Q2 2016,” said Tom Williams, executive vice-president programmes.
“With a record backlog of more than 4,200 A320 family aircraft and the growing success of the NEO, we have a solid case to increase our monthly output to satisfy our customers’ requirement for more of our fuel efficient aircraft.”
Over the past five years, Airbus has steadily increased A320 family production, going from 36 a month at the end of 2010 to 38 in August 2011, then up to rate 40 in Q1 2012 to reach 42 per month in Q4 of the same year.
With over 10,200 Airbus single aisle aircraft sold and more than 5,900 delivered to nearly 400 customers and operators, the A320 Family, which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, is the world’s best-selling and most modern single-aisle aircraft family. – February 26, 2014.