Friday, June 7, 2013
TOULOUSE, France -- Airbus could increase narrow body aircraft production once a revamped version of its A320 medium-haul jet enters service in late 2015. "After we introduce the A320neo we could easily imagine going to rates like 44 per month, and in fact as we go towards the end of the decade, 50 a month," said Tom Williams, executive vice-president of programs at Airbus, in a media briefing. Airbus has sold 517 aircraft in the first five months of this year, just ahead of Boeing. Both companies are expected to unveil orders at the June 17-23 Paris Air show. (Source: Reuters via euronews, 06/06/13) Gulf Coast note: Airbus broke ground in April on a $600 million final assembly line for the A320 family of jets in Mobile, Ala.