Toulouse, France: European commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus is mulling stepping up production of its medium-haul A320 passenger aircraft by 16 per cent over two years, labour union representatives said Monday.
Airbus officials indicated to union representatives at a meeting that production of the workhorse aircraft may be ramped up to 44 per month from 38 currently.
"The management confirmed to us that a decision will be taken by the end of the year," union representatives said.
Earlier in May, Airbus had already decided to increase monthly production of the A320 to 42 by the end of 2012.
The Airbus plant in Hamburg, Germany will produce 26 of the aircraft each month, 14 will be made in Toulouse and four at the plant in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin.
With a bulging order book for a fuel-efficient A320neo, set to roll off the lines beginning in 2016, the company may even ramp up production to 50 aircraft a month.