Airbus has decided to increase production of its best-selling single-aisle A320 aircraft family to 44 aircraft per month in Q1 2016 and further to 46 a month in Q2 2016, up from the current rate 42.
A spokesperson for the European company says there is a “healthy market outlook” and the increase is possible after doing a “comprehensive assessment of our supply chain’s readiness to ramp-up”. Airbus has currently a backlog of over 4,200 A320 aircraft. Over the past five years, Airbus has steadily increased A320 Family production, going from rate 36 at the end of 2010 to rate 38 in August 2011, then up to rate 40 in Q1 2012 to reach 42 per month in Q4 of the same year.
So far over 10,200 Airbus single aisle aircraft have been sold and more than 5,900 have been delivered to nearly 400 customers and operators. The A320 family members are the A318, A319, A320 and A321. The A320neo has about 2,610 of the orders.