European giant plane manufacturers, Airbus has outlined its expectation of production increase as the aviation industry recovers from the coronavirus pandemic which saw it falling into a halt globally.
Airbus says that it still expects the industry to recover to pre-covid levels somewhere between 2023 and 2025 and believes, for aerospace companies, this will be led by the single-aisle market such as Airbus’ A320 family.
The reason is partly that short-haul air travel is likely to outweigh long-haul travel for some time and also that with the introduction of aircraft such as the A321LR, many transatlantic flights will now be operated by single-aisle airliners which are more efficient.
“The aviation sector is beginning to recover from the COVID-19 crisis, the message to our supplier community provides visibility to the entire industrial ecosystem to secure the necessary capabilities and be ready when market conditions call for it. In parallel, we are transforming our industrial system by optimizing our aero structures set-up and modernizing our A320 Family production facilities. All these actions are set in motion to prepare our future.” said Guillaume Faury, Airbus CEO.
Productions by Airbus will have a large impact on the UK recovery post-covid. The wings for all Airbus A3-Series airliners are made at the plant at Broughton North Wales whilst its engineering sites around the UK including Newport and Bristol employ hundreds of people.