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Airbus to keep A320 output at 40 per month

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Airbus to keep A320 output at 40 per month

An Airbus A320 plane at the Airbus company headquarters in Blagnac, France, on June 29, 2020. - European aircraft maker Airbus said on June 30 that it is planning to cut around 15,000 jobs worldwide, 11 percent of its total workforce, in response to the coronavirus crisis. The cuts are to happen by the summer of 2021, Airbus said in a statement, and follow a drop of nearly 40 percent of the commercial aviation business in recent months. (Photo by REMY GABALDA / AFP)


Airbus expects single-aisle aircraft to be 'the first market sector to recover' from the coronavirus pandemic

European aircraft giant Airbus said on Friday, October 23, it will maintain production of its workhorse A320 plane at 40 per month to mid-2021 when it expects the aviation industry to have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have asked our suppliers to manage their capacity so as to support a production rate of 47 aircraft per month and to prepare for an eventual recovery in the market” next summer, a company spokesman said.

“It is not a decision to increase production to 47 of the A320 family,” he said when asked to comment on reports about an increase to 47 A320 aircraft per month.

“On the A320 series, we expect to maintain output at 40 per month until summer 2021,” he said. 

The request for suppliers to ensure output was meant to give them visibility “and to guarantee that the industrial base is ready to increase production when conditions improve,” he added.

“That also reflects our analysis that the first market sector to recover [from the pandemic] will be single-aisle aircraft.”

The coronavirus pandemic brought air travel to a virtual halt earlier this year when Airbus was producing about 63 to 65 A320 planes a month.

It cut that number to 40 a month in April, with total output slashed by about 40% across its whole business.

Overall, the company expects the aviation market to recover only between 2023 and 2025, with the industry and tourism among the sectors worst hit by the virus. – Rappler.com

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