Toulouse - Airbus to slow the pace of the A380 production to six aircraft per year, which would allow it to sustain the program for as long as desired by its main customer, Emirates Airlines. The first A350-900 for the Air China is out of the painting atelier.
The European aircraft manufacturer plans to reduce the production of A380s to six copies per year according to the industry sources cited by French newspaper Le Figaro. By this, Airbus aims to ensure the sustainability of the program. After reaching a maximum of 30 A380s produced in a year, Airbus has already announced a production reduction to twelve superjumbos in 2018, then to eight in 2019.
At the Dubai Air Show in November, Emirates Airlines had given up ordering additional A380s after asking the manufacturer for a strong commitment to continue the A380 program for a minimum of ten years. Airbus' statement on the issue hadn't met the Gulf-based carrier's expectations. A few days ago, Emirates welcomed the 100th of the 142 superjumbos expected in its fleet.
On the other side, the first of the ten Airbus A350-900 aircraft ordered by Air China (MSN167) came out the painting atelier on December 12. The delivery is not expected until next year. The Chinese national company has still not specified the configuration of the device. Its A330-200s are divided into two classes, the A330-300 in three, and the Boeing 747 and 777 in three or four. Recall that the Star Alliance company took possession of its first 737 MAX 8 last month.