According to Guillaume Faury, CEO of Airbus, the planemaker plans to expand production of its single-aisle narrowbody A320-family jets in 2023.
According to Faury, during a recent news briefing, Airbus expects to produce 65 jets per month by the summer of 2023, as reported by Reuters.
However, because of the recent pandemic lockdown in the region, the plane manufacturer is wary of increased disruptions to its Chinese supply chain. Airbus will keep a careful eye on the chain in the future, according to Faury.
“The whole worldwide supply chain is complicated at the moment,” Faury said.
As instances continue to rise, China has recently suffered a “serious and challenging” COVID-19 issue.
63 Airbus aircraft were delivered during the course of March while 104 were added to our order book, all from our #A320Family – confirming the market appetite for the type.
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Chinese carriers expect a 77 percent drop in air passenger volume during the Labour Day vacation period between April 30, 2022, and May 4, 2022, according to the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Liang Nan, director of the CAAC’s Transportation Department, revealed at a news conference on April 28, 2022, that Chinese airlines expect to handle only 2 million passengers during the five-day holiday period.
The A320 family from Airbus consists of the A319/A320/A321ceo and A319/A320/A321neo versions.
Airbus’ recent orders and delivery report for March 2022 revealed that single-aisle aircraft made up the majority of the company’s order book. With 88 and 83 gross orders, respectively, the A320neo and A321neo models were the most popular.
The A321neo is Airbus’s longest-fuselage single-aisle aircraft among the A320 narrowbodies, and it comes in two seating configurations: 180 and 220-seaters.