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Monday, March 18, 2013

Boeing Rolls Out First 737NG Built at Higher Production Rate

Boeing said its first Next-Generation 737 built at the new higher production rate has rolled out of its Renton, Wash., facility ready to move on the next stages of pre-delivery testing.

(Mechanics load initial parts of the spars for the first airplane at the new rate into a spar-assembly machine. Photo, courtesy of Boeing.)

The 737 program is in the process of increasing the production rate from 35 to 38 per month, Boeing said. In 2014 the company plans to increase the production rate to 42 per month to keep up with demand.

The new 737 will undergo functional, systems and flight-testing prior to being delivered to Panamanian carrier Copa Airlines. More

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