Airbus' new chief of sales still sees room for improvement in the A320 production


Singapore - Airbus will be able to complete an A320 every 12 hours in mid-2019, which corresponds to 60 aircraft per month.

Airbus' new chief of sales Eric Schulz sees this high production rate only a temporary stop, referring to "increasing demand" by airlines for the Airbus' best selling model.

We need to look at ways to increase this rate,
Eric Schulz told media representatives at the Singapore Airshow.

Airbus expects to receive new orders for the A320 especially from the Asia-Pacific region.

Asia-Pacific will be by far the largest aviation market in the world. Traffic in the region will triple to 3.5 billion passengers over the next 20 years, and more than one of two single-aisle aircraft in Asia today is an A320,
said Schulz.

Airbus produces the A320 at its plants in Hamburg (Germany), Toulouse (France), Mobile (USA) and Tianjin (China). One in ten of A320s will be delivered from Tianjin in 2020. Last year, Airbus delivered 77, A320ceo and 181, A320neo to airlines and leasing companies.

Boeing is going to ramp up the production rate of the competing 737 to 57 aircraft per month next year. With a total of 763 deliveries in 2017, Boeing claimed its role as the world's biggest aircraft manufacturer ahead of the Airbus, who ended the year with 718 deliveries.

This year, Boeing aims 810 to 815 aircraft deliveries. Airbus wants to pass the Americans manufacturer in the near future.

I bet we will deliver more aircraft than Boeing in 2020,
said Fabrice Brégier, the outgoing President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft.

Eric Schulz has moved from the engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce to Airbus and now takes over the duties of the long-term marketing director John Leahy.