Optimism grows on airliner build rate

Mar 11, 2010 | 11:46 AM | Frank Haflich

Optimism is building in the commercial aerospace sector as the world's two largest airliner manufacturers said this week they are either increasing production rates or seriously considering such a move.

Airbus SAS said that starting in December it will raise the build rate on its A320 family of planes to 36 per month from 34 currently.

"Leading economic and business confidence indicators are showing an upward trend again," said Tom Williams, executive president of programs for the Toulouse, France-based European aircraft consortium.....

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