Airbus will increase production as it looks to recover after Covid

Airbus A320

A320neo is the key to Airbus planning

Airbus plans to increase production, saying it will return to pre-pandemic demand levels by 2025.

The world’s largest aircraft manufacturer has announced that it will increase A320neo production from 40 a month to 45 by the end of this year by more than 10%.

Airbus, which is building its wings in the UK, has also set a new target for 64 aircraft a month by the second quarter of 2023.

“The aviation sector is starting to recover from the Covid-19 crisis,” said CEO Guillaume Foley.

The Airbus move occurs when airlines are still struggling to remain financially viable.

Due to restrictions on overseas travel due to the coronavirus crisis, flights were minimized.

Nevertheless, airplane makers are looking ahead. The commercial aircraft market is expected to recover to pre-Covid levels between 2023 and 2025, towed by single-aisle aircraft, which typically carry 200-250 passengers and fly on shorter routes.

Evolving market

Airbus said it would increase production of A350 family planes from five to six a month by the fall of 2022.

We also assume production 14 A220 airliners every month Within the next 5 years. The current monthly production rate is 5, and Airbus said it will increase to 6 early next year.

However, A330 production remains on average twice a month.

“We are protecting our ability to adapt further as the market develops,” Airbus said.

Foley said: “The message to the supplier community provides visibility into the entire industrial ecosystem to ensure the functionality needed and to be prepared for market conditions.

“In parallel, we are transforming the industrial system by optimizing the setup of the aviation structure and modernizing the production facilities of the A320 family. All these actions are beginning to move in preparation for our future. I will. “

Meanwhile, aircraft engine company Rolls-Royce has opened the world’s largest indoor aerospace testbed in Derby.

The facility will be able to carry out development work on UltraFan, a next-generation engine that is expected to be 25% more efficient than current models.

Secretary-General Kwasi Kwaten, who attended the opening ceremony, said the new testbed showed Britain to remain a “world leader in aircraft engine technology.”