The comments by sales chief John Leahy at an
industry event came after both Airbus and its rival Boeing said
recently that they were studying further increases in already
Boeing has indicated it might lift production of its 737 series
to 52 planes a month in 2018, having already set plans to
produce 47 a month by 2017, rising from 42 a month now.
Airbus is looking at whether it can manage 50 a month.
"We are not going to chase marginal production...and we will not
take marginal deals just to keep up volume," Leahy told
reporters at the Istat Europe conference in Istanbul.
However he stressed that this did not mean that Airbus detected
a downturn in recently robust demand for aircraft.
On a larger model, he said Airbus would look at increasing the
planned rate of 10 A350 jets a month to accommodate demand, but
the discussion would only begin once the aircraft had been
certified and established in service, probably next year.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Brian Love)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.