Airbus has announced that it continues to expect the commercial aircraft market to recover to pre-Covid levels between 2023 and 2025, led by the single-aisle segment. With confidence in this timeframe, Airbus is now updating suppliers about its latest production plans, giving visibility in order to schedule necessary investments and secure long term capacity and production rate readiness, in line with the expected recovery.
“The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the Covid-19 crisis,” said Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus. “The message to our supplier community provides visibility to the entire industrial ecosystem to secure the necessary capabilities and be ready when market conditions call for it. In parallel, we are transforming our industrial system by optimising our aerostructures set-up and modernising our A320 Family production facilities. All these actions are set in motion to prepare our future.”
Airbus has issued updates for specific aircraft types:
A320 Family: Airbus confirms an average A320 Family production rate of 45 aircraft per month in Q4 2021, and calls on suppliers to prepare for the future by securing a firm rate of 64 by Q2 2023. In anticipation of a continued recovering market, Airbus is also asking suppliers to enable a scenario of rate 70 by Q1 2024. Longer term, Airbus is investigating opportunities for rates as high as 75 by 2025.
A220 Family: The rate is currently around five aircraft per month from Mirabel and Mobile, with the rate confirmed to rise to around six in early 2022. Airbus is also envisaging a monthly production rate of 14 by the middle of the 2025.
A350 Family: Currently at an average production rate of five per month – this rate is expected to increase to six by autumn 2022.
A330 Family: Production remains at an average monthly production rate of two aircraft per month.