Airbus has adapted its production rates of its A320
Family programme from 36 to 34 a month from October 2009 onwards.
Production rates of the A330/A340 family
will be paused at the current level of 8.5 a month, and not
increased further as previously planned. This decision reflects
Airbus' current view on market demand in times of airlines
adapting their capacities and of continuing uncertainties caused
by the worldwide economic crisis.
Tom Enders, Airbus Chief Executive Officer said,
"We monitor the market continuously and try to be proactive.
Flexibility and adaptability are essential in times of crises. We
reached record production rates in late 2008, but now we see a
drop of air traffic in most regions. Many airlines are taking
capacity out of the market. I do not exclude further production
cuts if the need arises."
Airbus achieved a record high of 483 deliveries
in 2008 and aims to achieve a similar figure in 2009. This latest
precautionary measure is not expected to affect the 2009 Airbus
delivery target. Airbus has a backlog of more than 3600 aircraft.
The A320 Family includes the A318, A319, A320
and A321. The A330/A340 is a unique Family of six true wide-body
aircraft models with capacities covering the 250 to 380 seat,
regional to ultra long haul, passenger markets and the 64 to 69
tonne cargo market.
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