Boeing announced (18-Oct-2011) it has begun building the first B737NG at the program's new production rate of 35 aircraft a month. The rate is increasing from 31.5 aircraft a month to meet worldwide market demand. The B737 production rate will increase to 38 aircraft a month in 2Q2013 and to 42 aircraft a month in 1H2014. Boeing has taken a three-fold approach to prepare for the rate increases on the 737 program. The company is making production processes more efficient by working with employee process improvement teams, increasing the production capacity with capital investments such as a new wings system installation line in the Renton factory and making the site footprint more efficient by moving some production areas, expanding others and decommissioning outdated equipment. [more - original PR]
B737 output increased to 35 aircraft per month
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