May 21, 2019 / 12:23 PM / 5 months ago

Airbus sticks to delivery goals as industrial problems ease

FILE PHOTO: The Airbus logo is pictured at Airbus headquarters in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, March 20, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus is sticking to its 2019 delivery goals as it makes progress in resolving industrial problems at its Hamburg single-aisle jet plant, the planemaker’s recently appointed operations chief said on Tuesday.

Airbus has eliminated many delays compared to last year but has room to do more in making deliveries run more evenly over the year, chief operating officer Michael Schoellhorn said. Airbus targets 880-890 deliveries in 2019.

Airbus will review in the second half of the year whether to raise A320-family output beyond a current target of 63 a month, the former BSH Home Appliances executive told a media event.

Industry sources say Airbus has been studying plans to raise output of its main single-aisle aircraft series to 71 a month.

Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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