Airbus plans to ramp up production of A320 family aircraft to a rate of 34 per month by March 2008, and likely to 40 per month by 2010 with help from a Chinese assembly line, to take advantage of rising sales. The manufacturer has a current backlog of 1,992 following 91 deliveries in the first quarter. The monthly production rate, now at 32, was 20 as recently as 2003. It will hit 36 by the end of 2008. "The market is very active and we are seriously considering going to 38 [in 2009] and ...

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