AMERICAS: Airbus to boost output as market recovers

Airbus parent EADS has announced plans to increase aircraft production after a spate of new orders raised hopes of an end to a steep industry recession. The move by the world’s largest civil aircraft maker comes as Boeing also announced production increases for its popular narrowbody 737 model. Airbus said it would increase its production […]


Airbus parent EADS has announced plans to increase aircraft production after a spate of new orders raised hopes of an end to a steep industry recession. The move by the world’s largest civil aircraft maker comes as Boeing also announced production increases for its popular narrowbody 737 model. Airbus said it would increase its production of A320 narrow-body planes in several stages from 34 a month at present to 40 a month by the first quarter of 2012.

EADS predicted 500 Airbus aircraft deliveries this year, edging past last year’s record of 498 aircraft, and upped its forecast for new aircraft orders by a third to more than 400 this year after bumper orders at Farnborough and a Berlin show in June. Boeing is targeting 460-465 deliveries.