737 production rate to go to 35 a month

Boeing has announced a second production rate increase on the 737 programme, taking the rate from the previously announced 34 aeroplanes per month to 35 in early 2012.

In May, Boeing cited continued strong demand for the 737 as its reason to ramp-up production from 31.5 to 34 aircraft a month and indicated plans to study further increases. This announcement acknowledges the anticipated long-term growth in this market segment and the continued pressure to raise aircraft output to match expected market demand.

"Our customers continue to show their preference for the 737 by exercising order options as well as by placing new orders," explained Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh. "We’ve managed our current backlog efficiently and the increasing rate is the product of our comprehensive planning and preparation. We will continue to monitor demand as we go forward."

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