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Boeing ups 737 production to meet demand

Boeing will increase production rates on the Next-Generation 737 programme to 34 aeroplanes a month in early 2012.

The planned rate increase is aimed at satisfying continued strong demand for the Next-Generation 737. In addition, the company continues to study further potential 737 rate increases, given continued customer demand.

"With over 5,200 sold to date, the Next-Generation 737 is the workhorse in our customers’ fleets around the world," stated Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh. "Even through the global economic downturn, our diverse 737 backlog has remained very strong. Increasing the 737 production rate is the right thing to do to meet the growth and fleet replacement needs of our customers.”

The current production rate on the 737 programme is 31.5 aircraft per month. Suppliers for the 737 programme are prepared to support the rate increase. The production rate decision is not expected to have a material impact on 2010 financial results.

The 737 has more than 2,000 unfilled orders from more than 80 customers around the world.

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