PARIS, July 20 Airbus EAD.PA is ready to look
"seriously" at boosting A320 narrowbody production beyond an
already record target, but has not yet committed to this, its
top official said on Wednesday.
Speaking by telephone from the United States after
celebrating a major order from American Airlines AMR.N, part
of a record 460-plane purchase shared with Boeing (BA.N), Enders
said a boom in plane production was fed by genuine demand.
Asked whether a spate of recent sales committed Airbus to
revising up its production targets, Enders said, "We have not
committed to it but we will seriously look into that.
"If somebody had asked me a year ago whether we should
seriously consider looking above 42, 44 or 50 I would have said
'you must be out of your mind,' but we are having a big success
in the marketplace and this is real -- we are not producing
He added, "We are certainly looking at much more significant
ramp-up targets than we hitherto did."
Airbus has set plans to lift production to 42 narrowbody
airplanes a month and said in May it was considering 44.
Enders told a news conference on Wednesday Airbus had always
been "prudent" about production and would continue to be so.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes CEO Jim Albaugh said uncertainty
over the ability of the production system to cope with a
completely new airplane had contributed to Boeing's decision to
follow Airbus and put new engines on the 737, which competes
with the Airbus A320, rather than attempt a complete overhaul.