Airbus seeks a production rate of 10 aircraft per month by 2018. Beyond that, Airbus is studying to increase the rate “in less than 5 additional aircraft per month". The decision will be made in 2016.
While Airbus has in place a ramp up with a rate of 10 aircraft per month by the year 2018, the group will decide next year on the possibility of increasing the rate after 2018.
"John Leahy and the market would like that we increase our production rate faster. We have already defined the first 4 years of the ramp-up.
It is similar to what our competitor. We already try to achieve this goal.
We will decide by 2016 to review upwards our planning. But we are not talking about very high ratios. It is less than 5 additional aircraft per month", said Didier Evrard, Head of Programs.
A production increase of 3 or 4 aircraft per month for example would allow Airbus to deliver 36 or 48 additional aircraft per year, or 156 to 168 aircraft annually.