Thursday, May 28, 2015

UPDATE 2-Airbus plans to produce over 60 A320s per month –

* Airbus inclined to climb the rate of the A320 CEO

* Current goal 50 A320 / month in Q1 2017 against 42 currently

* Decision expected by the end of year sales director

* Control Announcement regional A330 at Le Bourget in June

* Interest repowering of the studied A380 (Updated with about the CEO of Airbus, details)

Tim Hepher

TOULOUSE, May 28 (Reuters) – Airbus said on Thursday consider producing more than 60 A320 aircraft per month to meet the request but stressed that any decision would depend on the strength of its supplier chain.

The subsidiary of Airbus Group, which held its Innovation Day at its headquarters in Toulouse ahead of the Paris Air Show, has already announced its intention to end of February up to 50 A320 aircraft per month in the first quarter 2017 against 42 now.

“We tend to go up (the pace) but we will when we estimate that we will have a market and a clear commitment on the part of our key suppliers, “said Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier, reflecting the still ongoing internal debate on the subject.

The commercial director John Leahy said he hoped a decision by the end of the year, estimating that demand warranted, while the production manager, Tom Williams, said Airbus would take the necessary time.

Boeing plans to his side to produce 52 aircraft a month in 2018 for its 737, the direct competitor of the A320 aircraft on the market making short- and medium-haul flights.

Airbus engineers are already very mobilized by the preparation of the entry into service of re-engined version of the single-aisle, the A320neo (for “new engine option”).

Didier Evrard, head of Airbus programs, however, reported that the aircraft manufacturer had to replace a part of the engines of the American Pratt & amp; Whitney (United Technologies) with which the first copy to be delivered to Qatar Airways in late 2015.


Fabrice Brégier also felt that the current oil prices affect the balance between the finances of airlines and the demand for new aircraft, while being confident for orders of raw 2015 Paris Air Show, which runs from June 15 to 21 near Paris.

Regarding the A330 long haul, he said that the current target of six aircraft produced per month remained consistent, while John Leahy was confident in the success of marketing campaigns underway that would avoid having to reduce production .

Airbus will not produce “white tails”, these aircraft built in advance in the hope of an order, and adjust production up or down if necessary to take into account trading performance of the A330, said John Leahy.

Delta Airlines took receipt of the first Thursday in Toulouse copy of the upgraded version of the Airbus A330-300, intended to perform longer flights while saving fuel.

John Leahy also said Bourget anticipate an announcement regarding an order for the regional version of the recently launched A330 to fit relatively short flights.

Airbus is studying the commercial interest of a re-engining the A380 that claims the main customer of very large aircraft, Emirates, has said his side Fabrice Brégier, saying that there would in due course potential markets for used A380.

The Airbus Group shares closed down 0.95% to 64.64 euros Thursday, giving a market capitalization of 50.90 billion in the aftermath of a 2.8% increase in consecutive reassuring held its objectives at its annual general meeting. (With Cyril Altmeyer; Editing by Matthieu Protard)


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