Ramping-up A320 Family aircraft production and transitioning to the NEO version was a key priority for 2018. A350 production also increased.
We are committed to reaching a combined monthly A320 Family production rate of 60 aircraft by mid-2019. A key enabler for this during 2018 was the opening of a fourth A320 Family production line in Hamburg. The new line makes use of digital technologies and a more flexible industrial set up to build aircraft more efficiently.
A320 Family deliveries
(CEO and NEO)
+ 0 %
(Compared to 2017)
Investing to deliver
To address greater transport capacity requirements related to the ramp-up of single-aisle and A350 XWB aircraft production, we have invested in a new fleet of larger BelugaXL aircraft.
Following its first flight in July 2018, the BelugaXL will undergo some 600 hours of flight testing ahead of its planned entry-into-service during 2019. The aircraft provides us with an additional 30% of extra transport capacity compared to the current BelugaST aircraft. It can transport two A350 XWB wings.
Additional transport capacity
Max. take-off weight versus 155 tonnes for BelugaST