Boeing's European rival, Airbus, is considering raising the production rate of its most popular airliner, the A320, to 44 planes a month, a company executive said this week.
Airbus has already scheduled an assembly line speedup from the present rate of 36 aircraft a month to 40 by the first quarter of next year.
Airbus executive vice president Tom Williams told attendees at a reception in London that the aircraft manufacturer is seriously studying bumping up production to 44 a month.
The Boeing Co. likewise is planning to raise the production pace on its Renton assembly lines where it builds the 737. The 737 and A320 families of aircraft are both twin-engine, single-aisle planes .
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Both planes are the most popular in each manufacturer’s line of airliners.