Airbus has revised its production rates downwards
as it tries to adapt to the current market environment.
In Q1 2020, Airbus booked 290 net commercial
aircraft orders and delivered 122 aircraft. A further 60 aircraft
were produced during the quarter, however they remain undelivered
due to the evolving COVID19 pandemic.
Thirty six aircraft were delivered in March across
the different aircraft families, down from 55 in February 2020.
This reflects customer requests to defer deliveries, as well as
The new average production rates going forward
have been set as follows:
A320 to rate 40 per month (down about 33%);
A330 to rate 2 per
month (down over 40%); and
A350 to rate 6 per month (down about
This represents a reduction of the pre-COVID19
average rates of over one third.
“The impact of this pandemic is unprecedented,”
said Airbus Chief Executive Officer, Guillaume Faury. “At Airbus,
protecting our people and supporting the fight against the virus
are our chief priorities at this time. We are in constant dialogue
with our customers and supply chain partners as we are all going
through these difficult times together. Our airline customers are
heavily impacted by the COVID19 crisis. We are actively adapting
our production to their new situation and working on operational
and financial mitigation measures to face reality.”