Posted on: 14 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing says it will increase the 737 production rate to 42 aeroplanes per month by the first half of 2014, after which the 737 programme expects to build on average two 737s each workday and nearly 500 aircraft each year.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh said the market outlook for single-aisle jetliners is strong and growing. “Customers are demanding our 737 at an unprecedented rate,” he reported. “New performance improvements and enhanced passenger comfort features have driven home the value equation for our customers.”
Albaugh emphasised the popularity of Boeing’s new passenger comfort features, noting that since its introduction in May 2010, the new Boeing Sky Interior is specified on more than 80% of new 737 orders.
737 programme vice-president and general manager Beverly Wyse said the goal with this rate increase is to continue meeting customer demand with an innovative aeroplane that provides strong performance and value.
“We have worked very closely with our supply chain and our world-class manufacturing team to ensure we can increase rate in an efficient and responsible fashion,” Wyse said. “We believe that many of the capital investments and production system changes made for 38 aeroplanes per month will already position us to build 42. We are very well situated for this rate increase.”
The 737 programme currently produces 31.5 aircraft per month and expects to go to 35 per month in early 2012, 38 per month in second quarter 2013, and then to 42 per month in the first half of 2014.