Airbus is not expecting to review the cuts to its aircraft production rates until around mid-year, when the second-quarter impact of the air transport crisis becomes clearer.

The manufacturer has made deep cuts to the output from its A320, A330 and A350 lines.

Chief executive Guillaume Faury, speaking during a first-quarter briefing on 29 April, said the airframer had cut production by about a third.

“This will remain for at least two or three months,” he says.

He states that the airframer will need to assess the situation with various airlines and the signs for recovery of traffic.

Faury says that the company does not expect to update or change the production planning before June.

He adds that it would be “premature” to indicate whether there will be any adjustment, and in which direction it would be made, although he says any change would “probably be on a smaller scale than before”.

Airbus has cut monthly output of A320s to 40 aircraft, while the rate for A330s and A350s has been reduced to two and six respectively.

The manufacturer adds that it expects its main A220 assembly line at Montreal Mirabel to “progressively return” to a monthly rate of four aircraft.

Faury reiterates that there were “no cancellations” linked to the coronavirus outbreak during the first quarter, but refrains from disclosing the impact on the order, delivery and backlog situation for April.