Adjusted production rates for A380 and A400M
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.