Posted on: 31 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Production on the Boeing 737 programme will increase to 47 aircraft a month in 2017, the highest rate ever for the aircraft family.
Once implemented, the 737 programme will build more than 560 aeroplanes per year, and will have increased output by nearly 50% since 2010.
“We’re taking this step to make sure our aeroplanes get into the hands of our customers when they need them,” said Beverly Wyse, vice-president and general manager, 737 Program, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Our employees and our suppliers have successfully increased the production rate to unmatched levels over the last three years. This increase will lay a solid foundation as we bridge into production on the 737 MAX.”
Boeing currently produces 38 aircraft a month at its Renton, WA, factory and will increase the rate to 42 per month in the first half of 2014. First delivery of the 737 MAX is on track for the third quarter of 2017.
The rate increase announced is not expected to have a significant impact on 2013 financial results.