Airbus To Cut A380 Production Six Per Year

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Airbus To Cut A380 Production Six Per Year

Airbus To Cut A380 Production Six Per Year. Airbus has drawn up plans that will allow it to reduce A380 production to only six aircraft per year. The air fuselage delivered 15 of this type in the course of 2017.

Airbus plans to reduce production this year and intends to deliver 12 A380. He has also stated earlier that he plans to cut production further, to eight, by 2019.

But speaking during a report on last year's activity, the president of commercial aircraft, Fabrice Bregier, says the fuselage has developed a process "industrially robust" to reduce annual production to only six.

Airbus has delivered a total of 222 A380, leaving it with 95 in portfolio. The director of customer operations, John Leahy, said the market was "challenging" for both Airbus and Boeing in the high capacity sector.

But he argues that the A380 will be necessary to address airport congestion. "If people want to fly, they need to fly in bigger planes," he insists. Leahy says that a production rate of "six to eight" is needed in the meantime. "We can sell at that level until the market rallies," he says.

Airbus closed 2017 with a net deficit of two A380, while Boeing also registered a net deficit of two 747-8.