Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Fabrice Bregier, estimated the cost of redeveloping the A320 family to accommodate new engines at USD1 billion-1.5 billion (Bloomberg, 20-Sep-2010). Airbus estimates that developing a new narrowbody would require investment of more than USD10 billion. Mr Bregier estimates new engines could extend the life of the A320 family by a decade and attract as many as 4,000 additional sales. Airbus has already entered preliminary agreements with CFM International and Pratt & Whitney, concerning their new engines, the LEAP-X and PW1000G. The manufacturer is also talking to suppliers that produce engine nacelles, landing gear and other parts and equipment that would need modifying. A decision on the future of the A320 family could be announced as early as Oct-2010.
Airbus: “If we re-engine, we give the plane another 10 years to live. We’d sell another 3,000, 4,000 more planes, so it’s worthwhile for us to look seriously at how we can have equipment evolve or change,” Fabrice Bregier, Chief Operating Officer. Source: Bloomberg, 20-Sep-2010.