Airbus plans to raise the A320 production rate at its final assembly centre in Tianjin, China, from three to four a month around the end of the year, and freeze it at that level for the foreseeable future.
The company, which will deliver the 100th aircraft to be assembled in China in September, will not raise the production rate above four a month, Laurence Barron, the president of Airbus China, said in an interview.
He added that this is the rate agreed between Airbus and its Chinese partners, a consortium of the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and state-owned airframer Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) when they signed the joint venture deal in 2006.
Production of A320s began in 2008 and the first aircraft was delivered in 2009. The 10-year agreement is due to expire in 2016 after 284 aircraft are rolled out of Tianjin.
The EADS subsidiary is "extremely happy" with the way the joint venture has worked out so far, said Barron.
"The purpose of the Tianjin facility is to serve the Chinese market and we have achieved that. The rate of four a month is still below what is being delivered in total to Chinese customers, and we are very happy with the way things have gone," he added.
"Quality is not an issue at all in Tianjin. We meet all of the KPIs [key performance indicators] and we are in very good shape."