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Analysts: Boeing, Airbus may have to cut narrowbody production next year

Boeing and Airbus are on track to build a record number of jets this year. But next year, that may change.

The planemakers may have to cut narrowbody airplane production by as much as 30 percent by 2011, according to aerospace analysts and consultants polled by Bloomberg. Boeing’s 737 and Airbus’s A320 contribute the majority of sales for the companies.

Boeing currently is producing 31 737s a month. Four respondents to the Bloomberg survey said they predicted Boeing to scale that back by at least 10 percent to 28 a month by 2011.

The planemakers still have order backlogs to carry them through the next seven years at current rates after they limited production increases to smooth out demand swings when the market was robust.

Changes to 737 production would impact Wichita’s Spirit AeroSystems, which produces the fuselage.