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London — A good decade ago, Airbus added more fuel-efficient engines to its A320 aircraft family, giving its already best-selling 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 is 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...

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