Suppliers the key to A320 production increase, Airbus sceptical of new Boeing narrowbody
Airbus has confirmed that it is considering increasing production of the A320 to 42-44 aircraft per month, but will need to confirm its suppliers are up to the task. The manufacturer plans to increase A320 output from 36 to 40 aircraft per month by 2012, as it increases output in Europe and its Tianjin facility slowly increases output.
Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, John Leahy, also predicted that Boeing would abandon plans to offer an all-new B737NG replacement and would instead move to fit new engines to the existing airframe. The Airbus COO believes Boeing will talk of offering an all-new aircraft for “one year, maybe two”, before switching to an upgraded B737NG.
Boeing has stated it plans to announce which direction it will go with its narrowbody programme in mid-2011, although its "bias" is towards an all-new aircraft in the 2019/20 timeframe.
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