Airbus will reduce the production of jetliners, the company announced this on Wednesday, reports Reuters. The reason for the reduction is the coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in aviation and aircraft manufacturing.
The European aircraft manufacturer will reduce the output of the A320 by one third – to 40 aircraft per month, the A350 – by 40%, to six aircraft per month, the A330 – by more than 40%, to two aircraft per month. The agency quotes the chief executive officer of the company, Guillaume Fori. According to him, the pace of production will be reduced due to requests from airlines for deferred deliveries of new equipment, including by 2021.
The agency previously reported, citing its sources in the aircraft industry, that production will be cut in half by a period of three to six months. The manufacturer, according to Reuters, asked suppliers to slow down shipments by 40% of normal schedules. According to them, the company produced 36 aircraft per month. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Airbus intended to increase the production of the A320 by 2021 to 63 aircraft per month.
In January, the French concern received 274 new orders for aircraft, while the American Boeing for the first time since 1962 did not receive a single one. At the end of 2019, the American manufacturer for the first time lost the lead in the global aircraft industry to its European competitor.