Ad­justed pro­duc­tion rates for A380 and A400M

Vayu Aerospace and Defence - - World Aviation & Defence News -

Air­bus has re­cently con­firmed “the for­mal ad­just­ment of pro­duc­tion rates” for its A380 and A400M pro­grammes. The re­vised plan pre­sented to the Euro­pean Works Coun­cil in­volves the pro­duc­tion of six A380s and eight A400Ms per year start­ing from 2020. Such ad­just­ment of the A380 pro­duc­tion rate fol­lows a re­cent or­der which pro­vides vis­i­bil­ity on the pro­gramme for years ahead: “at a base­line of 6 de­liv­er­ies per year, Air­bus can pro­duce the A380 in an in­dus­trial ef­fi­cient way over the com­ing years,” which base­line al­lows Air­bus to pur­sue fur­ther sales cam­paigns which may well lead to higher pro­duc­tion lev­els. On the A400M pro­gramme, pro­duc­tion will be ad­justed to eight units per year as of 2020, fol­low­ing pro­duc­tion of fif­teen A400M in 2018 and eleven units in 2019, this ad­just­ment based on discussions with the A400M Launch Cus­tomer Na­tions.

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