Airbus (Toulouse, France) will increase the production rate for its A320 aircraft to 60 aircraft a month in mid-2019. The company said it made the decision after completing studies on production ramp-up readiness in the supply chain and in Airbus sites.
Airbus will extend its capacity in Hamburg with the creation of an additional production line. In addition, the company plans to integrate cabin furnishing activities for A320 aircraft produced in Toulouse into the final assembly line in Toulouse in order to “harmonize” the production process across all A320 final assembly lines worldwide.
“The growing single aisle demand and impressive backlog for both CEOs and NEOs led us to decide on a further ramp-up,” said Didier Evrard, executive vice president of programs for Airbus. “I am confident that we have the highest skilled teams and the right solutions in place to gradually move to the highest production rate ever achieved in civil aviation history.”
The A320 family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 12,200 orders since launch and more than 6,700 aircraft delivered to more than 300 operators worldwide. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 & A321), the A320 family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.
The A320neo family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15% in fuel savings from day one and 20% by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With over 4,300 orders received from more than 75 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo family has captured almost 60% share of the market.