February 15, 2018 / 10:24 AM / in 8 months

Airbus studying increase in A350 output: CEO

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus (AIR.PA) expects to decide this year whether to increase output of the A350 jet, together with plans already under examination to increase single-aisle output to 70 planes a month from the planned rate of 60, said Chief Executive Tom Enders.

A scale model of an Airbus A350 is pictured during Airbus annual press conference on the 2017 financial results in Blagnac near Toulouse, France, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Enders also said he expects that Bombardier (BBDb.TO) will start delivering CSeries jets to Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) “very soon” after Bombardier won a trade ruling against Boeing (BA.N).

Airbus has agreed to buy majority control of the loss-making jet program from Bombardier, and plans to assemble U.S.-bound CSeries jets at its plant in Alabama in future.

These plans are unaffected, Enders told a news conference in Toulouse on Thursday.

Reporting by Tim HepherEditing by Sudip Kar-Gupta

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