Airbus has hit a record backlog and is keen to push up single-aisle production from 42 to 44 aircraft per month, but is worried this move could overstretch its supply chain. Speaking at last week’s media briefing in London, Airbus COO-customers John Leahy said, “Our [total] backlog is 4,400 aircraft, so clearly we have a slot availability problem. I would very much like to have more A320neo slots earlier and to increase the production of single-aisles up to 44, but that ...

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