Airbus will gradually increase its production rates in 2021, while exercising caution




 The aircraft manufacturer Airbus will slowly pick up the pace, while increasing the production of the A320 family more slowly. A paradox linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the aeronautics sector is emerging from a difficult year and is preparing to live a still very delicate year 2021, Airbus communicated on January 21 on the production rates of the aircraft of the A320 family, and confirmed that it There would be no change in the production of its large aircraft, the A350 and the A330.



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Production on the rise but under control

Airbus says it: the 'updating' of the planning of the production rates of its A320s is done according to the needs of the market. While its average A320 production is currently 40 per month, it will climb to 43 in the third quarter, then 45 in the fourth quarter.

The rates have obviously been revised downwards, and even more because of a crisis that dragged on. Initially, a peak of 47 aircraft / month was forecast for July 2021. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, Airbus produced 60 A320s and A321s each month.

The A220s, from Canadian Bombardier and manufactured in its Mobile factories in the United States and Mirabel in Canada, will see their monthly production rate drop from 4 to 5 at the end of the first quarter of 2021. On recent single-aisle aircraft, Airbus complies thus to what was originally planned.



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Airbus will take its troubles patiently

'Rid' of the A380, whose fate was already sealed long before the Covid-19 landed in our lives, Airbus is now focusing on the A350 and the A330 in the widebody market. And the European aircraft manufacturer announces that their production should remain stable compared to current levels. It should therefore produce 5 A350s and 2 A330s per month this year. Airbus wished to reassure its customers and prospects by indicating that the A350 would not suffer an increase in its prices.

Airbus, like almost the entire aeronautics sector, does not expect a return to normal by 2023 to 2025. This is true for airlines as well as manufacturers and their subcontractors, for the moment all held by the evolution of the pandemic situation in the world.

The drop in work that Airbus has to face has led the group to announce the elimination of 15,000 jobs in its worldwide workforce, including 5,000 in France. With consequences to be deplored in many partners of society, condemned to arm themselves with patience.

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