Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier is ruling out a production increase beyond 42 aircraft per month in the A320 single-aisle family until at least around 2018.

He says the supply chain is already having a hard time trying to handle the current ramp-up to 42 from 40. Once that is achieved this fall, production is to stabilize at that level for several years and through the transition from the current A320 version to the A320NEO in 2016. Once the transition is completed, Bregier sees “big potential for more” output. The first A320NEO will be delivered from Hamburg, followed by deliveries from Toulouse and subsequently the final assembly lines in Tianjin, China, and Mobile, Ala.