Airbus is raising the production rate of its narrowbody line from the current 42 aircraft per month to 46 by the second quarter of 2016. The move is to be preceded by an interim step up from 42 to 44 in the first quarter of 2016. The move had been expected after Airbus CEO Fabrice Brégier indicated in January that single-aisle output has “upside potential.” The decision follows a similar step-up by its competitor Boeing on the 737 line. It reverses the earlier stance that ...

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