Airbus adjusts monthly production output

Airbus Final Assembly Line in Mobile, Alabama. Photo: © Airbus

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is making adjustments to its global monthly production of the A320 family aircraft types.

The company will gradually increase production from the current 40 planes in total per month to 43 in the third quarter of 2021 and 45 in the fourth quarter. Previously, Airbus had planned to build 47 A320 aircraft per month from July 2021.

Plans for the A220 programme, as well as for A330 and A350 are the same as before Thursday’s announcement. A220 production will increase from four to five monthly airplanes by the end of the first quarter, while widebody production stays at two and five aircraft per month for A330 and A350 respectively. However, an earlier proposal to increase the A350 production output has been postponed for now.

The manufacturer says it is making these changes in “response to the market environment”, referring to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis that has hit commercial aviation especially hard. It expects the commercial aircraft market to return to pre-pandemic levels between 2023 and 2025.