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Airbus Backs Lightweight Wing to Preserve Lead Over Boeing

  • New structure could help A320 jet counter mooted 737 successor
  • Wing under development since 2015 has taken on new importance
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A good decade ago, Airbus SE added more fuel-efficient engines to its A320 aircraft family, giving its already bestselling model a dramatic demand boost. Now the European company is seeking to repeat that success, this time with a new set of wings.

Airbus aims to produce a composite wing that’s both affordable and capable of a high production rate, according to Sue Partridge, who heads the company’s future-wing project. Assembly of the first demonstrator is set to start in the next few weeks.