|Airbus is raising the production rate of its A330 family from six to seven aircraft a month. Photo: Airbus
[Avionics Today 02-25-2016] Airbus has announced a production rate increase for its Airbus 330 family. Taking effect in January 2017, the change will raise production from its current level — six aircraft per month — to a monthly rate of seven.
“The A330 has enjoyed additional commercial success in China, Saudi Arabia and South Africa among other countries. Add to that healthy demand for the Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) military derivative and you have an order book that can easily absorb an increase of one aircraft per month,” said Eric Zanin, head of the A330 Family Program. As of Jan. 31, Airbus had booked orders for 1,610 A330s, of which 1,261 had been delivered.
Zanin said the increase will become “real” mid-way through 2016 when component production reaches the new level.