Posted on: 03 October 2014 by Ross McSweeny
Citing a strong demand from customers, Boeing has announced plans to increase production of its 737 family from 42 to 52 per month by 2018, which will see the company producing 620 737s each year at its factory in Renton, Washington, by which time the vast majority of aircraft coming off the line will be 737 MAXs.
Randy Tinseth, VP of marketing for Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes, remarked, “For over a decade we have seen resilient demand for the 737 and a rate increase to 52 per month reflects the appetite for aeroplanes like the 737 MAX and 737NG. Our thorough analysis tells us the single-aisle market continues to expand and is the fastest growing, most dynamic segment of the market.”
“The 737NG and 737 MAX offer our customers unparalleled efficiency and reliability,” continued Boeing Commercial Aeroplanes’ president and CEO Ray Conner. “Whether for fleet growth or for replacement needs, the 737 enables market success for carriers due to lower operating economics and by providing a better passenger experience.”
Boeing previously said it would increase the 42 aircraft per month production rate up to 47 by 2017, but this new development means it will be manufacturing the 737 at the highest rate in the aircraft’s history.