“We must deliver 8,600 planes on time and ready to fly,” Christian Scherer, chief executive of Airbus’s commercial aircraft business, said last month. The plan is for Airbus to boost A320 production to 75 per month in 2026 compared with 48 monthly in 2023. Even under that schedule, airlines are signing contracts for jets that won’t be delivered for years.Despite the yawning timeframe, “we are still getting more orders,” Scherer said.Airbus in 2023 received net new orders of 2,094, smashing the previous record of 1,503 a decade earlier. The European giant has won myriad orders from airlines renewing their fleets to meet emission targets in 2050, a period when overall air travel is expected to have doubled.