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June 17, 2024
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Airbus is speeding up the production rate of the A350. On the back of various successful and promising sales campaigns, the rate will go to ten aircraft per month in 2026 from the current six. The airframer said in February that the production would go up to nine A350s by the end of 2025, but this is by no means the definitive rate. 

CEO Guillaume Faury could not specify when exactly in 2026 the rate will go to ten. “We are at the end of 2023 and building the plan to get to rate ten. But it is indeed a continuation of the ramp-up of getting to rate nine at the end of 2025,” Faury replied to AirInsight. He recalled that the A350 was at only four aircraft per month during the pandemic, so the ramp-up shows how demand for long-haul widebodies continues to recover.

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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.