Airbus Industrie plans to increase airliner production next year by about 26% to 293 aircraft, up from 234 this year. The latter figure represents an increase of 30% from last year. Airbus also plans to maintain its workforce at current levels, saying yesterday that the Asian crisis hasn't had as much effect on it as it has on Boeing. Airbus said it has had no widebody aircraft order cancellations. The consortium has a backlog of 1,300 firm orders.

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