MIAMI – Airbus anticipates an aircraft market recovery between 2023 and 2025, led by narrow-bodied types, and is preparing for it by updating its production plans for all its families of aircraft.
As announced by a press release issued on May 27, the European aircraft maker, the world’s largest manufacturer as of 2020, has updated its chain of supplies companies with production plans to meet and secure long-term production rate capacity and be ready to meet the expected market demand.
Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO, pointed out that the aviation sector is showing signs of recovery from the over one year-long crisis and wants to send to the Airbus’ suppliers family a message to “secure the necessary capabilities and be ready when market conditions call for it.” At the same time, Airbus is transforming its industrial system, optimizing aerostructures, and modernizing the A320 family production lines.
The actions set in motion to prepare for this expected marker recovery are the following.
Airbus 320 family: production rate is confirmed at 45 aircraft per month starting with the Fourth Quarter 2021 (Q4 2021) with Airbus informing suppliers of a firm rate escalation to 64 by Q2 2023. In view of a sustained market recovery, Airbus is telling its suppliers to be ready for a scenario of 70 aircraft/month by Q1 2024, and, on longer terms, for a climb at 75 by 2025.
Airbus 220 family: the current production rate, in Mirabel and Mobile, stands at 5 aircraft/month, with a confirmed rate rising at six early 2022 while Airbus expects a monthly production of 14 aircraft around 2026.
Airbus 350 family: production stands at five aircraft/month with an expected production rise to six by Fall 2022.
Airbus 330 family: the average monthly production is set to remain at two aircraft/month. Airbus is however ready to adapt to changes if the market so requests.
Featured image: Airbus A350-1000 F-WWCF. Photo: Daniel Gorun/Airways