Airbus to increase A320 Family production rate to 40 in 2012

Airbus (Toulouse and Hamburg) will increase the monthly production rate of its A320 Family aircraft to 38 per month in August 2011 and to 40 per month in first quarter 2012. Currently Airbus turns out 34 A320 Family aircraft per month rising to 36 from December 2010. For the time being the A330/A340 Family production remains at rate 8.5.

Airbus’ decision to raise its single-aisle production rate is driven by the continuing strong demand for its single-aisle aircraft and a record backlog in excess of more than 2,200 A320 Family aircraft.

Airbus delivered a total of 498 aircraft in 2009, including 402 A320 Family aircraft, both new company records for a single year. The company has delivered already 250 aircraft by end of June and is thus well on track to set another delivery record in 2010.