PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus is planning a summit meeting with major suppliers in the coming days, amid growing speculation it may have to delay increasing production of planned jets as Europe faces a coronavirus crisis, sources said Friday. of the sector.
Next week’s briefing by Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury for garments from different suppliers is expected to set the tone for production next year.
Airbus said it wanted to be fit to increase the A320 family’s benchmark production by 18% to 47 jets per month by July, but the partial rebound in production to pre-crisis levels of 60 has already slipped to the fourth quarter, according to analysts, and could slide further.
“It looks like the rate of 47 is slipping to the right,” a source in the supply chain said.
Airbus referred to recent comments from Chief Operating Officer Michael Schoellhorn, who last month told Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper: “It’s a preparation to step up when certain conditions are met. It is not a decision! “
Reporting by Tim Hepher, editing by Louise Heavens