It confirmed plans to increase A320neo production by more than 10% from a current rate of 40 airplanes a month to 45 a month by the end of this year and gave suppliers a firm new target of 64 a month by the second quarter of 2023.

“In anticipation of a continued recovering market, Airbus is also asking suppliers to enable a scenario of rate 70 (a month) by Q1 2024. Longer term, Airbus is investigating opportunities for rates as high as 75 (a month) by 2025,” it said.

Outlining a mixture of firm and provisional goals, the planemaker said production of the wide-bodied A350 was expected to rise from an average of five a month now to six by the autumn of 2022.

It gave a firm target of increasing production of the small A220 from five a month to six a month in early 2022 and said it was envisaging monthly output of 14 for the same model by the middle of the decade.

Only the wide-bodied A330 family is excluded from the higher production ambitions and will stay at two a month, Airbus said.

The production statement comes after Reuters reported that Airbus had ordered suppliers to demonstrate as soon as possible that they are factory fit for increased single-aisle jet output, while warning of industrial quality problems.

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