Airbus has made no secret of its desire to ramp up narrowbody production rates ahead of existing commitments. In 2019 the European manufacturer will move to a rate of 60-63 A320s per month, and it is canvassing suppliers about the feasibility of pushing on from that total in subsequent years. “There shouldn’t be any doubt on the commercial viability of a higher rate at 70 or 70-plus,” said Airbus CFO Harald Wilhelm on a Q1 earnings call, adding: “So it’s all ...

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