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  • Airbus: Nearing A New Single-Aisle Production Milestone
    Posted by Robert Wall 10:20 AM on May 13, 2011

    Firm order intake for the Airbus single-aisle family may have been relatively weak so far this year (many of the A320NEO deals are not finalized, yet), but that's not putting off the aircraft maker from getting ready to put in place its most aggressive production plan for the A320 family to date.

    Hans-Peter Ring, CFO for Airbus-parent EADS says a decision on going beyond the current planned rate of 40 aircraft per month can be expected "in a few days."

    EADS and Airbus officials have said monthly rates of 42 and 44 narrowbodies have been under discussion, although it sounds like EADS will opt for the more modest step, at least for the time being perhaps reflecting concerns over stretching its supply chain beyond what it can deliver.

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    Pre-crisis, Airbus talked about 40 units. The fact it now is ready to move beyond that is striking.

    Airbus and Boeing have somewhat been playing tit-for-tat on production rates, so the ball will now be back in Seattle's court (or Chicago's if you prefer) on what to do next.

    The high build rate at Airbus will not materialize for some time. The so called Rate 40 already in the plan should be reached in about a year, with the higher rate to follow several months perhaps even a year later.

    What is driving the confidence to boost output could also be talks underway now for further orders. Ring says that in advance of the Paris air show to unfold in little more than a month "commercial momentum is building."

    Tags: tw99, Airbus, A320, PAS11

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