April 26, 2018, © Leeham News: Two suppliers publicly confirmed what’s been whispered for months: Airbus and Boeing are checking with the supply chain about taking production rates of the A320 and 737 families to 70/mo.
Representatives of Crane Aerospace and Esterline confirmed the studies at the I-90 Aerospace Corridor conference today in Spokane (WA).
Airbus committed to 63/mo next year and Boeing is set to increase production to 57/mo next year.
Safran, a 50-50 partner in CFM, previously said it can’t go to 70/mo in response to market discussion that the Big Two OEMs are considering this.
CFM is the sole engine provider to the 737 and has about a 60% market share on the A320.
Neither Airbus nor Boeing has publicly confirmed they are considering 70/mo rates, saying only they are looking at “higher” rates than those announced.
Both OEMs have backlogs that extend into the early 2020 decade, with sporadic sales well into the second half of the decade.