Airbus risks losing market share if it doesn’t boost A350 production

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Introduction
June 11, 2018, © Leeham News: Boeing is increasing the production rate of the 787 next year from 12 to 14/mo. Airbus is reducing the production rate of the A330neo from 10 to 6/mo. Last year, buried deep in its website, Airbus indicated plans to go to rate 13/mo, although no date was listed. With few sales of the airplane last year or so far this year, will demand support a rate hike next year? If so, a decision is needed pretty much now to go forward. One London-based aerospace analyst tells LNC the top executives say no rate hike will be coming. Scheduled deliveries may lend a clue. Summary
  • Boeing is winning the wide-body order race and retaken the lead in market share.
  • Airbus’ former top sales chief bemoaned the lack of delivery slots for the A350.
  • Supplier issues still slow A350 deliveries.

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