Airbus, Like Boeing, Posts UnprecedentedOrder Intake
By Jens Flottau, Guy Norris
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier likes to be on the safe side. When he talks about the A350 flight tests, he is happy to note that risks are reduced every day. And rather than launching new aircraft programs, he much prefers the low-risk approach of continuous improvement. But given the unexpected order record achieved in 2013, there's one risk he appears willing to take: increasing production.
That increase would encompass the narrowbody models and is likely to be decided over the next few months, possibly by the end of February when parent Airbus Group reports its annual results. The decision would take effect even before the transition from the current version of the Airbus A320 family to the A320neo (new engine option), which is scheduled to be completed by 2018. “There is an upside potential and we are studying it,” says Bregier.