WASHINGTON—Aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, the largest subassembly provider to Boeing 737 and other commercial programs, are currently practicing in Wichita, Kansas for a narrowbody production rate of 57 aircraft a month. Spirit’s fabrication unit already is getting into rate 57 production, according to Spirit CEO and president CEO Tom Gentile. But the rehearsals—which were Boeing’s idea—are across the board and have helped identify ...

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