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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Boeing Seeks Higher 737 Production Rate to Meet Demand

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Boeing plans on increasing monthly production of its 737 family aircraft to 47 per month by 2017, the highest rate ever for the Chicago-based airframe manufacturer. 
The production increase is a in response to strong demand for the 737, which has garnered more than 11,200 orders from 266 customers worldwide, leading to a current backlog of 3,400 unfilled orders. By the first half of 2014 Boeing will increase 737 production from 38 to 42 per month, before eventually progressing towards its newly announced goal in 2017, in time for the first 737 MAX delivery. 
"We're taking this step to make sure our airplanes get into the hands of our customers when they need them," said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager of the 737 Program at Boeing. 

The new 737 production goal follows an announcement last week that the company intends to increase 787 family production from 10 to 12 per month by 2016. 


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